After EA Sports faced much backlash for removing Colin Kaepernick’s name from YG’s song in the Madden NFL 19 soundtrack, the company finally re-added his name.
In the song “Big Bank,” Kaepernick’s name appears in Big Sean's verse.
"Feed me to the wolves now I lead the pack and s**t," the verse reads. "You boys all cap, I'm more Colin Kaepernick."
Last week, EA Sports provided a statement to Darren Rovell of ESPN.com about the omission.
"We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack. 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. We messed up, and the edit should never have happened. 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."
Meanwhile, Kaepernick is currently in the middle of a collusion grievance against the NFL. He's argued the league's owners have colluded to prevent him from signing with a team after starting the kneeling protests.
"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color," Kaepernick told NFL Media at the time. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."
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