Electronic Arts said Thursday that the company did not deliberately miss Colin Kaepernick's name from a song he had licensed for his latest game.
The video game manufacturer came under fire when it was discovered by a Twitter user that Kaepernick's name was censored from YG's song "Big Bank", which is used in the soundtrack to "Madden NFL 19".
"We have made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack," EA said in a statement Thursday night. "Members of our team have misunderstood the fact that we have no rights to include Colin Kaepernick in the game, but this does not affect soundtracks, we screwed it up, and the cut should never have happened Madden NFL 1
Much love brother! Thank you for having my back! ✊? https://t.co/yKz3nBMiPb
– Colin Kaepernick (@ Kaepernick7) August 2, 2018
In the song, Kaepernick's name is referenced about halfway between Big Sean's verses when he says : "Lead me to the wolves, now I'm leading the pack and s — you guys all, I'm more Colin Kaepernick."
Kaepernick drew attention to social inequality in 2016 Season by kneeling during the national anthem as a means of protest. He pursued free agency in 2017, but was not tested. He filed a lawsuit against the 32 owners of the league last October; the case is still ongoing.