Colin Kaepernick’s name was scrubbed from ‘Madden 18’ song as well, report says

EA Sports came under fire Thursday for scrubbing embattled former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s name from one song on its “Madden 19” soundtrack, but it may not be the only time the video-game company is guilty of scrubbing his name from a lyric.

It appears Kaepernick’s name was also scrubbed from a song lyric in the “Madden 18” version of the game as well, according toPro Football Talk.

Mike WiLL Made-It’s song “Bars of Soap” was featured in that instance of the game. One lyric says, “She be hopin’ that I take a knee like Kaepernick, yes.” EA Sports appeared to omit the quarterback’s name from the song, the football website reported.

Nessa Diab, a radio personality and Kaepernick’s girlfriend, blasted EA Sports onTwitterand asked whether the NFL told the company to remove his name.

“‘Madden 19’ scrubbed Kaepernick’s name from YG’s song ‘Big Bank’,” according to Pro Football Talk. Kaepernick’s name was reportedly among other words, such as curses and sexual references, removed from the audio played in the game.

Rapper Big Sean, who’s featured on “Big Bank,”tweetedabout the matter on Thursday, calling it “disappointing and appalling.”

Kaepernickretweetedthe comment, adding: “Much love brother! Thank you for having my back!”

In response to the reports, EA Sports Madden NFLtweetedthat the edit was “an unfortunate mistake” that "should never have happened.”

“We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack. Members of our team misunderstood the fact that while we don’t have rights to include Colin Kaepernick in the game, this doesn’t affect soundtracks,” the statement said. “We messed up, and the edit should never have happened. We will make it right, with an update to Madden NFL 19 on August 6 that will include the reference again.

“We meant no disrespect, and we apologize to Colin, to YG and Big Sean, to the NFL, to all of their fans and our players for this mistake,” the statement continued.

Fox News’ request for comment from the NFL and EA Sports was not immediately returned.

Kaepernick has been under the spotlight ever since taking a knee during the national anthem before a preseason game in 2016. Since then, protests against social injustices during the national anthem has been a hotly contested debate reaching the upper echelon of the White House.

Colin Kaepernick reference in song removed from Madden 19

A song featured in an NFL-based video game was reportedly edited to ditch a reference to former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who spearheaded the controversial national anthem protests.

The latest Madden video game features a track from rapper, YG, called “Big Bank,” according to a Thursday report from NBC Sports’ ProFootballTalk. Kaepernick’s name was reportedly among other words, such as curses and sexual references, removed from the audio played in the game.

The outlet obtained an early copy of the video game and verified what had been taken out of the track.

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Artist Big Sean, who’s featured on “Big Bank,” tweeted about the matter on Thursday, calling it “disappointing and appalling.”

“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,” he wrote. “When he’s not a curse, he’s a gift! Nobody from my team approved any of this.”

Kaepernick retweeted the comment, adding: “Much love brother! Thank you for having my back!”

In response to the reports, EA Sports Madden NFL tweeted that the edit was "an unfortunate mistake" that "should never have happened."

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“We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack. Members of our team misunderstood the fact that while we don’t have rights to include Colin Kaepernick in the game, this doesn’t affect soundtracks,” the statement said. “We messed up, and the edit should never have happened. We will make it right, with an update to Madden NFL 19 on August 6 that will include the reference again.

“We meant no disrespect, and we apologize to Colin, to YG and Big Sean, to the NFL, to all of their fans and our players for this mistake,” the statement continued.

Fox News’ request for comment from the NFL and EA was not immediately returned.

National anthem protests surrounding the NFL initially began during the 2016-2017 season by Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, who started kneeling during the song to protest police brutality. The hotly contested move, and other protest variations, were later adopted by other players.

All-Star closer Sean Doolittle has advice for MLB players about their old social media posts

Washington Nationals left-hander Sean Doolittle used his Twitter account to comment on potentially damaging tweets from some MLB players in recent weeks.

“It’s been a tough couple of weeks for baseball on Twitter,” Doolittle said. “It sucks to see racist and homophobic language coming from inside our league — a league I’m so proud to be a part of that I’ve worked really hard to make a more accepting and inclusive place for all our fans to enjoy.”

Added Doolittle in his series of nine tweets on the subject: “It’s entirely possible that those old posts no longer reflect that person’s views. But actions will speak louder than words.”

Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader, Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomband Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner helped trigger a firestorm after offensive tweets from years ago resurfaced. The MLB has asked some players to go through sensitivity training and participate in diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Doolittle added: “It can be tough for athletes to understand why these words are so hurtful. Most of us have been at the top of the food chain since [high school], immune to insults. When all you’ve known is success and triumph it can be difficult to empathize with feeling vulnerable or marginalized.”

Noting he met his wife on Twitter, Doolittle said there are benefits to pro athletes being on social media, from sharing their personal journeys to connecting with fans: “Rather than feeling like this platform makes us targets and we have to censor ourselves, find a way to use the platform to lift others up and make a positive impact.”