Fox Sports personalities took E.A. Sports and their popular Madden video game franchise to task Wednesday for their inclusion of former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and his player rating, on the most recent update to Madden 21.
Clay Travis was the most outspoken critic of the move, while Marcellus Wiley questioned E.A.’s motives. Even Emmanuel Acho, who says he likes Kaepernick, says E.A. went too far in giving him a player rating of 81 out of 100.
“They put him (Kaepernick) in the Madden video game and they rated him better than half of the starters in the NFL,” Travis said on Wednesday’s edition of Outkick the Coverage. “He has a better rating than Cam Newton, Jared Goff, Kyler Murray and Ryan Tannehill. He has the same rating as future Hall-of-Famer Ben Roethlisberger. It’s crazy… Madden ostensibly rates players based on their football abilities. Nothing else matters in the game, and yet they are going to argue that a guy who hasn’t played in four years is better than half the starters in the NFL? It’s lunacy.”
SFY co-host Wiley says that E.A, is simply trying to profit of Kaepernick’s popularity with the African-American community.
“Let’s be real for a minute,” Wiley said. “E.A. is sitting there thinking, let’s do something that we really don’t want to do, but this is the flavor of the month. Let’s take advantage of it. Then they season it up and make it real tasty by throwing a Black Power fist on there (the cover) because they know his followers are going to eat it up. It’s not even really what we want. It’s the extras, the left overs. It reminds me of Soul Food. I was told the origins of Soul Food and how our people (African Americans) would eat it up, even though we all know how it started. As leftovers. It was not what we really wanted. I wish the pandering would stop, but there are too many people supporting it.”
While fellow SFY co-host Acho is not as harsh in his criticism, he does admit E.A. made a mistake in rating Kaepernick so highly and then also questions E.A.’s motives.
“Y’all know in hoops when they miss an egregious call and back down the court they call something that was non-existent because they have got to make up for it?” Acho asks. “That’s a make-up call. That’s all they are doing. In 2018 E.A Sports left Kaepernick’s name off of the soundtrack. In 2019, he’s still not on the game. So in 2020, what do they say? We’re going to make a make-up call but not only are we going to make a make-up call, we are going to make it so outlandish, that he is rated higher than the reigning rookie of the year, former NFL MVP Cam Newton and Ryan Tannehill, who had a historic season last year. I like Kaepernick and you know where I stand on all his stuff, but if you are going to do a make-up call, you have to be a little slicker with it. If Kaepernick was so important, why wasn’t he on the original release back in August? Why wait for the update? Was this done to be seen or was this done because it was the right thing to do?”