New Madden game scrubs “Colin Kaepernick” from song lyrics

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The new Madden video game has one very curious omission.

The soundtrack contains the song Big Bank from YG. The lyrics include a variety of words that were scrubbed from the song, including profanities, a racial slur, vague references to sexual activity, and the acronym CBD (a substance containing cannabis).

Also scrubbed from the song was, you guessed it, the name “Colin Kaepernick.”

First spotted (as best we can tell) by the Twitter account with the handle “@jeanclervil,” the tweet has been retweeted by Kaepernick’s girlfriend, Nessa Diab. PFT has confirmed by listening to the song on an advance copy of the game that, indeed, Kaepernick’s name has been removed from the lyrics.

We’ve commenced the process of seeking comment from EA. Whatever the explanation, it’s a very bizarre outcome. With thousands of songs to choose from, why pick one that includes Kaepernick’s name in the lyrics? That would have avoided any and all controversy and backlash that will emerge just as the new edition of the game is going on sale.

However this plays out, it’s got to be one of the biggest unforced errors in the history of video games. That said, the end result honors the decades-old mission statement of EA Sports: If it’s in the game, it’s in the game.

104 responses to “New Madden game scrubs “Colin Kaepernick” from song lyrics

  1. Would it have anything to do with legality issues? If Kaepernick is no longer part of the union because he is unemployed, would that mean they would have to scrub his name from the song because EA wouldn’t have rights to use his name? I’m just asking because I don’t know but it seems like a possibility to me.

  2. EA Sports was 100% correct in deleting any reference to this clown in their game.
    Is PFT actually complaining that a player who has not been under contract for 2 seasons, should be included in Madden 19?
    If this is the case then surely Florio will demand that Tim Tebow be included as well.

  3. Good point. Why use a song that contains profanities, sexual references, etc for a game primarily played by teenagers? Scrubbing CK from the song is dumb as well. Happy never to have to see or hear from him again but in this instance why not just avoid the matter and pick another song that’s not out of the gutter for kids to listen to?

  4. How is this one of the biggest unforced errors in video games? At best their getting more publicity for the game and at worse you lose a handful of customers stuck on the kaep bandwagon.

  5. It’s officially SJW “scraping the bottom of the barrel to keep the narrative going” time. Embarrassing.

    ….and oh yeah, still awaiting the “smoking gun” from Krappernick’s lawyer.

    Yawn. Next.

  6. “””However this plays out, it’s got to be one of the biggest unforced errors in the history of video games.””” In the history of games…..What? Who cares if Kap has been removed from the song or game ? He is not in the NFL , actually is suing the NFL , is responsible for the biggest black eye on a sport in the history of sports…..all because he he became irrelevant & was a pouting baby looking to remain in the spotlight.

  7. “That would have avoided any and all controversy and backlash that will emerge just as the new edition of the game is going on sale.”

    All I want to know is – What “controversy and backlash”?

    There is only a handful of people that care about CK and most of them aren’t upset by this “omission”.

  8. Not a big deal. Correct in saying it’s weird they chose a song with his name in it.

    But biggest unforced errors in video game history? Not even close.

    The biggest ones would be along these lines.

    If someone wants to buy a PS3, they can go get a 2nd job.
    For someone who wants to play without an internet connection we have the Xbox 360.

    Or Nintendo icing out 3rd party publishers and Sony at around the same time, thus creating the entire Playstation brand (and all the content they would need to make Nintendo virtually irrelevant)

    The fact is, this wouldn’t even be top 1000. Just a curious selection of a song that they indeed scrubbed. Though it makes one wonder if somehow if he got ‘signed’ or whatever they could revert it back to include him? Maybe some idiot at EA wanted to have that option?

  9. However this plays out, it’s got to be one of the biggest unforced errors in the history of video games.
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    You obviously never played E.T. on Atari Mike.

  10. Mike, you probably aren’t as into video games some of the readers who may be younger and grew up with video games. But this is not even close to one of the biggest unforced errors in a video game.

    There are entire games that are unforced errors, usually when they are rushed to coincide with a movie release or other marketing impetus.

    The E.T. video game for example is pretty universally accepted as the worst video game ever made, and is said to have been developed in about five weeks to get it out in time for the Christmas after the movie came out.

    There was a Superman game for N64 that was a similarly unforced error (or, rather, an error forced by marketing) to coincide with a new cartoon. There was a Charlie’s Angels game that probably would have been an error even if it wasn’t rushed for the movie.

    To keep it in the sports world: Shaq Fu. And so on, there are a ton.

    Dropping Kaepernik from the soundtrack is hardly even a blip. More gamers are going to be mad about their favorite player’s speed rating than that. And the hardcore Madden players, which is to say most Madden players, aren’t going to let it stop them from playing.

    I’m glad to bring a little video game history to this comments section. The rest of it unfortunately is probably going to be a crowdsourced sociopolitcal dissertation like all the other Kaepernick posts.

  11. Take a knee, you should be booted in my opinion, however Ray Lewis was on the cover of Madden and getting into the Hall of Fame..he was responsible for murdered.

  12. “However this plays out, it’s got to be one of the biggest unforced errors in the history of video games.”
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    Yes, second only to E.T. for the Atari.

  13. The artist used a racial slur? Did he get fired? Is there a boycott of his music? Was he forced to sell his property? I haven’t heard any outrage over his use of the racial slur yet. I’m sure the SJWs will get to it soon. *eyeroll*

  14. It’s not a CK issue! Jeez, let it go PFT! (Im sure this will be censored as well). It’s a NFLPA issue! The contract with EA Sports is with the NFL and the NFLPA, definitely not with EX-players who sue the NFL.

    Please PFT, let CK, Tim Tebow and Johny Manziel go. They don’t play in the NFL. We read your articles for players news and league news because they are informative about our favorite teams and to us millions of Fantasy Football players. It helps us with our leagues.
    Im ex military and retired law enforcement. I don’t care about CK in ANY way.

  15. EA Sports understands viewership went down from kneeling and it cost the NFL money. They want no part of that.

  16. Funny how PFT and others believe “Donald Trump” and “Papa John” are controversial, edgy, risqué, polarizing but somehow “Colin Kaepernick” is some poor victim and paragon of virtue we can all look up to.

  17. “However this plays out, it’s got to be one of the biggest unforced errors in the history of video games.”
    ======

    EAs exclusive licensing deal with the NFL owns that title, and has since its inception.

    Football gaming has been ruined ever since.

  18. I just kneeled on my game of Madden 18, not because I’m protesting some phony liberal SJW vailed-racist white-guilt “cause”, but because Techmo Bowl is better.

    Shoot, 10 Yard Fight is better that the newer Maddens.

  19. What Does Kapernick’s attorney have to say about this? fitting that kepernick be removed as he’s as offensive as most of the other things taken from the song.

  20. Probably because he isn’t a player any longer they are just trying to protect themselves from the litigious fury of Kap’s girl friend.

  21. Talk about double standards, why is it acceptable for stations to play songs by black artists that contain racial slurs against White people? On the other hand have a white performer do a song contain the word ni**er and it is a capital offense?

  22. We in the peanut gallery didn’t bring this up. Please tell us the sales figures of this game later in the year. If way down, then you are right. If not way down, then people talk the talk but can’t even stay away from a a video game.

    1st 8 weeks sale of the last 2.

    Madden 17: 1.35M Sales on PS4, 800k on Xbox.
    Madden 18: 1.24M Sales on PS4, 800k on Xbox.

    Not sure if those #s include digital downloads or not.

    And if it does go down, will it be because
    A: People are done with the NFL which carried over to the game?
    B: People on board with CK and not buying because of solidarity?

    So, you won’t win with a “SEE!!! SEE!!!! People are on his side!!!”
    Short of this site spending a couple of hundred thousand in surveys, what ever answer that this site
    comes up with will be suspect.

    If static or up then people don’t care about this issue.

  23. And if they’d left it in Kaepernick would have sued for $5 billion for misappropriating him or whatever. I know it’s hard to believe, but socialists will do anything to get other people’s money.

  24. “Why use a song that contains profanities, sexual references, etc for a game primarily played by teenagers?”

    And you don’t think that teenagers already see and hear those things on You Tube, cable TV, or multiple other platforms? Good grief, quit trying to censor other people’s entertainment. Go live in a monastery somewhere.

  25. cardinealsfan20 says:

    August 2, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    “Why use a song that contains profanities, sexual references, etc for a game primarily played by teenagers?”

    And you don’t think that teenagers already see and hear those things on You Tube, cable TV, or multiple other platforms? Good grief, quit trying to censor other people’s entertainment. Go live in a monastery somewhere.
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    Whiny Neal is back!

  26. Madden 17: 1.35M Sales on PS4, 800k on Xbox.
    Madden 18: 1.24M Sales on PS4, 800k on Xbox.

    Not sure if those #s include digital downloads or not.

    And if it does go down, will it be because
    A: People are done with the NFL which carried over to the game?
    B: People on board with CK and not buying because of solidarity?
    ======

    Horrible test subject.

    Madden is an institution. *Multiple* generations have grown up playing it.

    The fact that sales aren’t SKYROCKETING speaks to where the product is.

    Lifers are jumping off the wagon because the game is stagnant.

    The only reason sales aren’t plummeting is the soccer moms and grandmothers that buy this for their kid.

    The fact is, EA should win BOTH audiences, because they’re the only show in town.

    .. and you said nothing about MUT, which is probably grossing as much as the game itself. Another reason EA isn’t improving the overall product. Why put the effort in??

  27. Let it go already man. Not that we don’t enjoy article after article after article from you where you repeat the same narratives over and over and over about Kaep, Trump, Papa John, and the helmet rule. All you really do these days is try to create news and controversy about things everyone has moved on from or doesn’t care about. Sorry – what you want to be true, isn’t.

  28. “Please PFT, let CK, Tim Tebow and Johny Manziel go. They don’t play in the NFL. ”

    Unfortunately, clicking, commenting, and then probably re-clicking every so often to see how your comment is doing is NOT the way to get an outlet to stop writing about certain people or topics. It’s just the opposite because it’s generating clicks, impressions, engagement and ultimately advertising revenue.

    Outlets write what people click on and engage with, so if we as the audience choose to read and engage with CK, Tebow, and Manziel stories in big numbers, then that’s what we get. That’s on us. In fact, I’m doing it right now.

    It’s a bummer especially on social media when you see something that’s entirely untrue or vile and you want to call it out. It’s like you can call it out but the click/comment just makes it spread further plus ranks it up the algorithms so that it spreads even more, incentivizing the author to write even more stuff just like it.

    PFT writers may even be just as sick of writing about CK, Tebow, Manziel, etc., as we supposedly are of reading it, and yet they can’t stop because we keep making the posts perform too well.

    Vicious cycle. Sigh. At least the subject here is only controversial QBs and not actually anything important.

  29. QB Eagles, Player 99, Jon Dowd. Game designers don’t make unforced errors. This is exactly what they want. This post and the 60+ comments are why.

  30. “yourmomapproves says:
    August 2, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    But he isn’t in the game though..”

    But he is in the song, so…

  31. weepingjebus says:
    August 2, 2018 at 2:15 pm
    And if they’d left it in Kaepernick would have sued for $5 billion for misappropriating him or whatever. I know it’s hard to believe, but socialists will do anything to get other people’s money.
    ************************************************************8
    WOW you really nailed it. California is the capital of that; People the that want to get High, not work, but yet expect to be taken care of by other people that make money.. If it feels good DO IT…

  32. “Over/under on final article ever to be posted about Kaepernick while he is still a viable age for NFL is February 1, 2029”
    ——————————————————————————
    I’d say it will go until the very last day. So I’ll go with 2/1/29.
    Which means we can look forward to devouring (let’s see) average of 2 articles a day for 5 days a week times 552 weeks equals a little over 5500 articles.

    I’m taking the over.

  33. the CBD comment makes me laugh a lot.
    The fact they edit it out…
    and that you think CBD is “a substance containing cannabis”

  34. cardinealsfan20 says:

    August 2, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    So sick of Kap and the bigoted kneelers. Trump is right, either you’re an American and stand for our National Anthem or you leave. I love MY president.

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    Voice of reason above!

  35. If you think about the mentality of the Oppressed section of this Nation, It has been one of the Subjugated people, the feeling of the Victim. After the !GREAT! Martin Luther King led the validation and eventual Civil rights of our fellow African American citizens, many could not adjust to the fact that they had to be as productive as their Anglo neighbors, and NOT be in the roll of Victim. That Mental attitude still is ingrained in today’s Back male youth. I feel it is so sad. and I have painted a pretty wide brush with my opinion, I apologize to my Black friends who understand, who have made great progress, who have made such of an impact in our America.

  36. “cedarpants says:
    August 2, 2018 at 2:45 pm
    Let it go already man. Not that we don’t enjoy article after article after article from you where you repeat the same narratives over and over and over about Kaep, Trump, Papa John, and the helmet rule. All you really do these days is try to create news and controversy about things everyone has moved on from or doesn’t care about. Sorry – what you want to be true, isn’t……” Spot on, could not have said it any better myself…the article today that the Texans will bring in Reid for a visit since losing Cyprien needed to add that Reid was brought in for a visit elsewhere as well as adding in the collusion case….How is that relevant to the Texans bringing him in for a look? Quite the opposite actually and proves no collusion exists so why the constant slant of sports related articles that go political…..This is a Sports/Football news site.

  37. EA should step their game up to get what’s REALLY in the game now…
    Offseason week 3: ‘Free Agency offer from Baltimore, 2 years, 10M’
    Offseason week 4: ‘Your girlfriend tweeted something ridiculous. Baltimore offer rescinded.’

  38. “Let it go already man. Not that we don’t enjoy article after article after article from you where you repeat the same narratives over and over and over about Kaep, Trump, Papa John, and the helmet rule. All you really do these days is try to create news and controversy about things everyone has moved on from or doesn’t care about. Sorry – what you want to be true, isn’t.”
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    Amen. So tired of the pot stirring and political rants on this site. So redundant.

  39. Girlfriend wants to know who was smart enough to remove his name so She… I mean they couldn’t sue for royalties…

  40. They need to put the NFL films music back in the game. I used to buy the game and the first thing i did was uncheck all the other songs and have it only play Sam Spence. Ramblin Man from Gramblin never gets old

  41. I would also add that the game doesn’t pay for the rights to the songs in the game, artists give the game the songs for free publicity. If Kaepernick gets paid any royalties for having his name in the song, EA would have to take it out so that royalties didn’t have to be paid. I believe this was about legalities, not collusion or the NFL forcing EA to take Kaepernick out of the song

  42. How about a ‘Pro Football Anthem Protest’ video game? Kneelers vs Standers. After the mele ends (there has to be a fight to determine the winner), the team with the most players actually able to play wins.

  43. They should immediately apologize, reinstall the name and beg for forgiveness. That is expected when they offend leftists.

  44. Why did they even put the garbage rap in the game to begin with? I thought they only put popular or good music into games.

  45. The NFL has censored Madden for about a decade by outlawing illegal hits in the game. Once upon a time you could deliver illegal hits, knock other players’ helmets off, etc.

    Censorship in Madden is nothing new.

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