Electronic Arts said Thursday that the company did not deliberately omit Colin Kaepernick's name from a song licensed for its latest game.
The video game manufacturer got on fire when it was discovered by a Twitter user that Kaepernick's name was censored from YG's song "Big Bank", used in the "Madden NFL 19" audio track.
"We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL audio track," said EA in a statement issued Thursday evening. "The members of our team misunderstood the fact that we do not have the right to include Colin Kaepernick in the game, but it does not affect soundtrack. We've been destroyed and the change should never have happened. We're fine with an update to Madden NFL 1
Big Sean, who makes a guest appearance in the song and performing the verses referring to Kaepernick, was weighed on Thursday before the EA issued its statement. Kaepernick later thanked Big Sean in a tweet.
Very love brother! Thank you for your back! ✊? https://t.co/yKz3nBMiPb
– Colin Kaepernick (@ Kaepernick7) August 2, 2018
In the song, Kaepernick's name is referred to approximately halfway through the verse of Big Seans when he says, "Feed me to the wolves, now I'm leading the pack and s —. You guys all hats, I'm more Colin Kaepernick. "
Kaepernick pointed out social inequalities during the 2016 season by kneeling under the national anthem as a way of protesting. He pursued a free agency in 2017 but did not get a try. He submitted a merged suit against the 32 league owner last October. the case is in progress.