Perhaps few remember that the first precedent for the present wave of demonstrations against racial discrimination in the United States was the protests of the NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick , who in 2016 began to kneel during the performance of the United States anthem, before every league game. The player had not appeared in any issue of Madden NFL since then, but Electronic Arts has just announced that the quarterback has been reinstated to the game’s free agent roster. < / p>

We fixed our past bugs EA Sports «We have had a long relationship with Colin, through Madden NFL, and we resolved our past bugs through the music of the game.» EA explained. «Starting today in Madden NFL 21, players can put Colin Kaepernick at the head of any NFL team in Franchise mode, as well as in Play Now mode. We can’t wait to see Colin on the teams. from Madden NFL everywhere. «

According to an old EA release, Kaepernick was not in the game because the publisher did not have the rights to incorporate it, which implied that he had, at some point, left the NFLPA, equivalent to the NFL players’ union, although there was not much information about it. Interestingly, EA brought this detail up when it got into a bind by removing the player’s name from a theme song from Madden NFL 19 , incident that was interpreted as censorship .

The quarterback was never expelled, as such, but once he left the San Francisco 49ers, it was very difficult for him to receive new offers, in what more than one suspect was a tacit veto of the league, due to his actions and the consequences they had, as many professional athletes followed his example and this earned the NFL the rejection of a segment of the American audience, including the president of the United States, Donald Trump.

It goes without saying that the reactions to the news have been very polarized within the community.A community that, by the way, is angry at the poor quality < / a> of the most recent installment of the series. Colin Kaepernick is 32 years old and has been 4 years without playing . A year ago, the quarterback starred in another controversial event when, faced with the possibility of returning to the league, the NFL organized a demonstration event for scouts and various members of the press, but the quarterback preferred to carry out the exercise under his own power. terms and changed the venue in the last minute.