In the company’s new Madden NFL 19, EA Sports edited a song by rapper YG featured in the game’s soundtrack. Big Sean is featured in the song, and a line in his verse names the former National Football League player, but EA Sports removed the reference.
Nicki Minaj and 2Chainz are also featured in the song.
YG responded on Instagram Thursday, saying that none of the artists approved of Kaepernick’s name being removed. Big Sean in a tweet Thursday also accused the company and the NFL of censoring the song.
EA Sports late Thursday apologized, saying it accidentally edited the song because they do not have rights to include Kaepernick’s likeness in the game. The company said the unedited song will appear in the game through an update.
Kaepernick ignited a national movement in 2016 after refusing to stand during the national anthem before NFL games.
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.
— Sean Don (@BigSean) August 2, 2018
— EA SPORTS Madden NFL (@EAMaddenNFL) August 3, 2018