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Big Sean slams Kaepernick omission

Detroit rapper Big Sean is hitting back against the makers of "Madden NFL 19" for censoring his verse on a version of YG's track "Big Bank" that appears within the game. Except it's not a curse word that gets edited out, it's a name drop of Colin Kaepernick. "It’s disappointing and appalling @NFL & @EA took @Kaepernick7’s name out of my verse on Big Bank for Madden 19, like it was a curse word,” Sean tweeted. “When he's not a curse, he's a gift! Nobody from my team approved any of this.” In "Big Bank," Sean raps, “You boys all cap, I'm more Colin Kaepernick.” In response to the tweet, Kaepernick wrote back on Twitter, "Much love brother! Thank you for having my back!" For its part, EA Games admitted the mistake and vowed to correct it. "Members of our team misunderstood the fact that while we don’t have rights to include Colin Kaepernick in the game, this doesn’t affect soundtracks," the company said in a statement. "We messed up, and the edit should never have happened. We will make it right, with an update to Madden NFL 19 on August 6 that will include the reference again. We meant no disrespect, and we apologize to Colin, to YG and Big Sean, to the NFL, to all of their fans and our players for this mistake.”

Demi Lovato rehab-bound

Following her overdose last week, pop singer Demi Lovato is headed to rehab, TMZ reports. The "Cool for the Summer" songstress is still at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, TMZ says, but once she is released she is headed for an undisclosed rehab facility. And her handlers aren't playing around: one of the members of her team threatened to quit if Lovato doesn't head straight to rehab without passing go. 

Panettiere, fiancé break up 

"Nashville" and "Heroes" actress Hayden Panettiere has split from her fiancé and the father of her child, Wladimir Klitschko, Radar online reports. The news was confirmed by Panettiere's mother, Lesley Vogel. “Think there are a lot of changes going on in her life. But I think they’re positive changes. And I think that she’s taking some time,” Vogel told Radar. The couple has a 3-year-old daughter, Kaya

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Saturday's birthdays

Barack Obama, 57

Meghan Markle, 37

Greta Gerwig, 35

 

 

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