EA Sports admits to enforcing its rules too broadly.
The video-game publisher apologized Thursday night via Twitter for editing Colin Kaepernick’s name out of the lyrics to a song that is featured in “Madden NFL 19.” A Twitter user spotted the omission of Kaepernick’s name from Big Sean’s verse in “Big Bank” by YG, and EA came has come under fire from the artists and parts of the general public for doing so.
EA claims in its apology the Kaepernick omission was a misunderstanding of their license agreement.
Kaepernick’s girlfriend, radio host Nessa Diab, pointed out Thursday EA omitted his name from a song in Madden 18, too.
Kaepernick last played in the NFL in 2016 and isn’t on a roster ahead of this season. He’s suing the NFL and its owners for collusion, claiming they’re keeping him out of the league because of his social activism, which includes protesting against police violence and racial and economic inequality by kneeling prior to games during the playing of the national anthem.
EA will release Madden ’19 to the general public Aug. 10.