"We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack," EA said in a statement issued Thursday evening.
"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 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 video game creator caught heat and released this statement after a Twitter user noticed Colin Kaepernick's name was missing from YG's "Big Bank" which is used in Madden 19.
Big Sean, who's featured on the song and raps the part that references Kaepernick's name, took to his Twitter account to make clear he nor his team had anything to do with this edit:
In the song, Kaepernick's name is referenced about halfway through Big Sean's verse when he says, "Feed me to the wolves, now I lead the pack and s---. You boys all cap, I'm more Colin Kaepernick."
Kaepernick drew attention to racial and social inequality issues during the 2016 season by kneeling during the national anthem as a means of protest.
According to ESPN.com, he pursued free agency in 2017 but wasn't given a tryout. He filed a collusion suit against the league's 32 owners last October; the case is ongoing.