Wokeness has captured sports at all levels in America, as athletes are expected to adopt and promote the rhetorical ramblings of Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ activists. The same is pretty much true for sports broadcasting.
But now it seems the cancer is spreading into electronic sports.
The 2022 version of EA Sports’ wildly popular Madden NFL game not only includes former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the godfather of the anti-American kneeling craze in sports, it also has him rated higher as a player than half the QBs in the NFL.
Kaepernick has not been in the league since 2016.
“Madden 22,” which was released in stores on Thursday, rates Kaepernick an 81 overall, on a scale with 99 as best.
Kaepernick outshines Los Angeles Chargers signal-caller Justin Herbert, who was the NFL’s Rookie of the Year last year with 4,336 yards and 31 touchdowns. Herbert is rated an 80.
Kirk Cousins is a 79. Last season with the Minnesota Vikings, Cousins completed almost 68 percent of his passes, while passing for 4,265 yards and 35 TDs. Madden gave Cousins a 79.
Kyler Murray, a Heisman Trophy winner in college and a potential MVP candidate with the Arizona Cardinals, who in his second year last season passed for 3,971 yards and 26 touchdowns while completing 67 percent, is ranked an 82 – one point better than Kaepernick.
The Cleveland Browns Baker Mayfield, who led the Browns to the first playoff appearance since 2002, threw for 3,563 yards and 26 touchdowns last year, while completing 63 percent. He is graded an 84, just three points better than Kaepernick.
Meanwhile, Kaepernick’s personal season-best highs, across his entire career, include passing for 3,369 yards and 21 TDs, while completing 62 percent of his passes.
And as for his electronic performance, Kaepernick’s best was an 89 rating for both “Madden 14” and “Madden 15.”
Kaepernick has been back in the news lately as some left-wing commentators have complained the NFL ignores him, while former University of Florida star Tim Tebow is trying out for a back-up tight end slot on the Jacksonville Jaguars, despite being out of the league for nine years.
Clearly, it appears EA Sports currently is motivated more by politics than any real-world assessment of Kaepernick’s football skills.
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