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EA Sports Apologized For Editing Colin Kaepernick's Name Out Of "Madden NFL" 19

Kaepernick’s name will be reinstated on an updated version of Madden NFL 19, available on Aug. 6.

Posted on August 3, 2018, at 11:57 a.m. ET

EA Sports has apologized after Colin Kaepernick’s name was edited out of a song that appears on the Madden NFL 19 soundtrack, sparking outcry.

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Fans noticed that the name of the controversial football player, who helped give rise to the kneeling protests that swept the NFL, was missing from rapper YG’s “Big Bank,” featuring Big Sean, Nicki Minaj, and 2 Chainz.

bad enough @Kaepernick7 still not signed, but now they even edit his name out in this year’s @EAMaddenNFL during @BigSean verse, smh

YG then posted a video online and asked for an apology from EA Sports. “Y’all owe me, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Nicki Minaj, and the homie Kaepernick an apology,” YG said. “I be looking for an apology soon.”

"EA Sports, NFL, whoever — y'all owe me, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Nicki Minaj, and the homie Kaepernick and an apology" - @YG on Madden removing Colin Kaepernick's name from a featured track

Big Sean also sent out a tweet saying the video game company “took @Kaepernick7’s name out of my verse on Big Bank for Madden 19, like it was a curse word.”

It’s disappointing and appalling @NFL & @EA took @Kaepernick7’s name out of my verse on Big Bank for Madden 19, like it was a curse word. When he's not a curse, he's a gift! Nobody from my team approved any of this.

Colin Kaepernick tweeted back at Big Sean, thanking him for his support.

Much love brother! Thank you for having my back!✊🏾

Kaepernick has retweeted a lot of tweets about the incident but hasn’t commented further.

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His representatives didn't immediately respond to BuzzFeed News’ request for comment.

EA Sports has since apologized, saying Kaepernick’s name wasn’t removed for political reasons, but rather due to confusion over whether they had the rights to mention it.

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“We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack,” Electronic Arts said in a statement. “Members of our team misunderstood the fact that while we don’t have rights to include Colin Kaepernick in the game, this doesn’t affect soundtracks.”

The video game company also promised to reinstate Kaepernick's name on an updated version of the game.

“We messed up, and the edit should never have happened,” EA's statement said. “We will make it right, with an update to Madden NFL 19 on August 6 that will include the reference again. We meant no disrespect, and we apologize to Colin, to YG and Big Sean, to the NFL, to all of their fans and our players for this mistake.”

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.