By Chineze Ogugua
EA Sports have sent an apology to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick after they removed his name from a song on the soundtrack to NFL computer game Madden 19.
Kaepernick’s name was digitally removed from the song Big Bank by YG, which normally appears in a verse by rapper Big Sean.
The gaming software developer apologized saying that it messed up and made an unfortunate mistake after Big Sean lashed them on social media, saying that he was disappointed at their actions.
Big Sean posted: “It’s disappointing and appalling @NFL &@EA took @Kaepernick7’s name out of my verse in Big Bank for Madden 19, like it was a curse word. When he is not a curse, he is a gift! Nobody from my team approved any of this.”
EA in apology posted: “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.
“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 30-year-old started protested against racial injustice in the US by kneeling during the national anthem back in 2017 and then opted out of his contract with the 49ers after much abuse.
EA has said it will correct the mistake on an update to the game on Monday.
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