Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick will appear in the latest update of the Madden NFL 21 franchise.
That didn't stop the makers of Madden 21 from making the decision to give Kaepernick a digital job, as he's now back in the game for the first time in years.
Kaepernick will be rated as an 81 overall in the game and is the highest-rated free agent, EA Sports confirmed.
Kaepernick has fallen from his peak rating of an overall 89 in the anniversary Madden 25 released in 2013 and in Madden 15, according to The Undefeated.
The NFL says they care about racial injustice and police brutality, but they really just care about riding the wave.
The game will include Kaepernick raising his fist in the air after scoring a touchdown to authentically depict his celebration choice. We've worked with Colin to make this possible, and we're excited to bring it to all of you today. But the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has at least returned to the virtual football field. We've had a long relationship with Colin through Madden NFL and worked through our past soundtrack mistakes. In a mistake mentioned in EA Sports' above statement, the company removed direct references to Kaepernick in lyrics to two songs featured on soundtracks in Madden NFL 18 and Madden NFL 19 before fixing the error and apologizing publicly.
At the time EA Sports said that after Kaepernick became a free agent, he was not included in the group licensing agreement EA negotiates with the NFL Players Association.
Previously, Roger Goodell expressed that the National Football League was wrong for not listening to National Football League players about the injustices being faced by Black people in America.
EA Sports was undoubtedly serious when referring to Kaepernick as a starting-caliber quarterback.
Citing a source, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio called that interest "fake" and said it resulted "seemingly out of guilt" during the aftermath of the Memorial Day weekend death of George Floyd in Minnesota.