- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

One of the most popular video game series of all time will address San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest.

EA Sports’ “Madden NFL 17” said Monday that future commentary from Charles Davis and Brandon Gaudin will mention Mr. Kapernick’s stated aversion to showing pride in the American flag while “black people and people of color” are oppressed.

“Kaepernick’s decision will be briefly mentioned in-game, reflecting our commitment to authenticity in Madden NFL 17,” a senior publicist for EA Sports told Gamespot on Monday. “Overall, our new commentary will mainly center around on-field performance, as well as major news like trades, free agency signings, and injuries.”

The quarterback told NFL reporter Steve Wyche last week that racial issues are “bigger than football” and that it would “be selfish […] to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Initial sales estimates of “Madden NFL 17” upon its Aug. 23 release reached 5.5 million units. The game was also well-received by critics.

“Given solid scores and a larger next-gen console base, it appears our FY17 Madden estimate for 5.5 million units through FY17 (flat year over year), may prove conservative,” Michael J. Olson, a senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, said Aug. 23, Fox Business reported. “Overall, EA appears poised to benefit from continued growth of the hardware installed base as the company has a strong slate of titles through [the second half of 2016], highlighted by Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 in October.”


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