The 'Madden NFL 19' soundtrack censors Colin Kaepernick's name

Colin Kaepernick

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  • A song in the upcoming "Madden NFL 19" censors a reference to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
  • The song - YG's "Big Bank" - features a verse by Big Sean that directly references Kaepernick's last name. His name is replaced with silence.
  • It's unclear why the song is censored, but it's presumably related to Kaepernick's ongoing battle with the NFL. He is engaged in a collusion grievance with the NFL. 
  • Kaepernick repeatedly took a knee in protest during the national anthem while he was still with the San Francisco 49ers. 

In a bizarre move, this year's "Madden" game is censoring an in-game mention of former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick.

The reference pops up in a song on the game's soundtrack - YG's "Big Bank," which features several other musicians. On Big Sean's verse, he says, "You boys all cap, I'm more Colin Kaepernick."

But in the game, according to a video shared widely online on Thursday, the song cuts Big Sean's verse when he says "Kaepernick," like it were a pejorative:

Kaepernick is currently involved in a collusion grievance with the NFL, which may help explain why his name is being wiped from the big annual NFL-licensed video game.

He argues that NFL teams conspired to keep him unemployed due to his protest of racial inequality and police brutality throughout the past two years. Kaepernick was the first to begin kneeling in protest during the singing of the national anthem at NFL games.

Despite a strong record in the NFL, Kaepernick remains a free agent since leaving the 49ers.

EA Sports didn't respond to a request for comment - you can watch the full video for YG's "Big Bank" right here: