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Colin Kaepernick could sign for the second straight NFL season since he began to protest against brutality and inequality in the police by kneeling under the national anthem during 201
It seems that he may also be temporarily absent from Madden NFL 19.
Mr.. Change life @ jeanclervil
badly @ Kaepernick7 still not signed but now they also edit their name in this year's @EAMaddenNFL under @BigSean verse, smh https://t.co/3nvkB26z5r  A video published on Twitter early Thursday morning seemed to show that the game had edited that part of Big Sean's verse that mentions Kaepernick on YG's "Big Bank", which lies on the game's soundtrack.
EA Sports usually edits sensitive or vulgar content from games to keep their E-scores. Big Sean's original verse reads, "You guys all hats, I'm more Colin Kaepernick." In the uploaded video, only Kaepernick's name is edited from the verse.
Colin Kaepernick @ Kaepernick7
Very love brother! Thank you for your back! ✊? https://t.co/yKz3nBMiPb
EA Sports would eventually release a statement explaining what happened (via ESPNs Darren Rovell ):
"" We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL audio track. The members of our team misunderstood the fact that while we are not entitled to include Colin Kaepernick in the game, this does not affect soundtracks. We will do it right, with an update to Madden NFL 19 August 6th, which will include the reference again. We did not mean respect and we apologize for Colin, YG and Big Sean, to NFL, to all their fans and our players for this mistake. "
Kaepernicks girlfriend, radio personality Nessa, tweeted the video clip and called the move "shady."
NESSA @ nessnitty
Oh !!!!! @EAMaddenNFL who told you to edit Colin's name out ???? @nfl? @NFLPA Curiosities want to know ? Thank you Jean for info !!! If you see more shady things, it sends over. https://t.co/EIBQbaQ5SA
A source near YG told TMZ Sports that the rapper was unaware of censorship, is "not happy" and wanted the song to be played unchanged in the game.