Twitter went into a half-uproar yesterday after learning that Colin Kaepernick’s name had been edited out of a song that was included in EA Sports’ Madden 19 video game.
The song in question is YG’s “Big Bank,” which features 2 Chainz, Big Sean, and Nicki Minaj. Like most hip hop songs released after 2005, it’s awful, but that’s not really important.
Anyway, Big Sean has a passage in the tune that goes like this:
“I broke the curse in my family not having shit
I’m passionate, like girls that’s after more than just cash and dick
Feed me to the wolves now I lead the pack and shit
You boys all cap, I’m more Colin Kaepernick”
In the Madden 19 soundtrack the “Colin Kaepernick” line is bleeped out.
So Big Sean went on Twitter and said his piece, which Kaepernick responded to:
Much love brother! Thank you for having my back!✊🏾 https://t.co/yKz3nBMiPb
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 2, 2018
EA Sports responded late last night:
— EA SPORTS Madden NFL (@EAMaddenNFL) August 3, 2018
Alright, I guess that makes sense – but.. wait.
Pro Football Talk says this is actually the second straight year this happened. Apparently Kap’s name was also edited out of a track in the 2018 version of the game:
The soundtrack for the version of game released in August 2017 included Bars of Soap from Mike WiLL Made-It. The song includes this line: “She be hopin’ that I take a knee like Kaepernick, yes.” EA removed the words “like Kaepernick” from the Madden version of the song.
The omission apparently went unnoticed for months; a Twitter user responded to the PFT story on the Madden 19 omission with a link to the audio from Madden 18. PFT separately confirmed that the Madden 18 soundtrack does indeed remove “like Kaepernick” from the song.
Alright then. Sure enough, “Kaepernick” is bleeped out in a song from last year’s game as well.
Is EA Sports being truthful or making shit up? And do you even care at this point?
You tell me.