Colin Kaepernick's protest of the National Anthem had made it into the world of gaming. Mention will be made of the San Francisco 49'ers QB's refusal to "stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," in Madden NFL 17, it was announced by EA Sports on Tuesday, August 30.
"Kaepernick's decision will be briefly mentioned in-game, reflecting our commitment to authenticity in Madden NFL 17," a representative for the company told Gamespot.com. "Overall, our new commentary will mainly center around on-field performance, as well as major news like trades, free agency signings, and injuries."
EA Sports' endeavor to ensure that it's 28-year-old Madden NFL brand remains true to its reputation as an authentic reflection of on-field play, has had a lot to do with the realism of its game broadcasts ever since it was introduced behind the color commentary of the legendary John Madden himself, in 1988. Game announcers Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis make regular studio appearances to record new material throughout the season, which is subsequently uploaded into the game to keep its content current. EA Sports did not specify whether Kaepernick will be shown sitting during the Star-Spangled Banner but did confirm that word about the event and any potential follow-up will be incorporated into Gaudin and Davis' script.