EA Sports introduced Tuesday that it has added the previous San Francisco 49ers quarterback to the 2021 version of its “Madden” online game collection, marking the primary time since 2016 that Kaepernick has appeared in one of many video games.
“Knowing that our EA SPORTS experiences are platforms for players to create, we want to make Madden NFL a place that reflects Colin’s position and talent, rates him as a starting QB, and empowers our fans to express their hopes for the future of football,” the corporate mentioned in a tweet. “We’ve worked with Colin to make this possible, and we’re excited to bring it to all of you today.”
Kaepernick has an general score of 81 within the recreation, which ranks him increased than present NFL starters Derek Carr, Ryan Tannehill, Josh Allen and Kyler Murray, according to TMZ.
No NFL crew has signed Kaepernick since 2016, when he famously began kneeling through the nationwide anthem at soccer video games to protest police brutality and racial injustice.
However, EA Sports mentioned the choice to not embrace Kaepernick in its video video games wasn’t linked to that particularly.
The recreation firm told The Undefeated that he was not included within the group licensing settlement for “Madden,” which is negotiated by way of the NFL Players Association, as soon as he turned a free agent. Since the corporate didn’t have the rights to Kaepernick’s likeness, he didn’t seem in “Madden 18,” “Madden 19” or “Madden 20.”
EA Sports determined to alter issues with the discharge of “Madden 21,” and negotiated with Kaepernick to convey him again to the sport.
Kaepernick reportedly requested for his avatar to put on an Afro and for his signature celebration to be a Black Power fist.