Fortnite's NFL Skins Brought Out the Worst in Players

Fortnite's NFL Skins Brought Out the Worst in Players

C'mon internet.

Fortnite just rotated its NFL skins out of the store and not a moment too soon. Players learned that they could have some mischief with the skins, making uncomfortable collages based on real-life football.

Epic Games announced that in partnership with the NFL Fortnite Battle Royale will get official NFL skins. The way it worked was that players purchase a single skin and then can customize it with to become any team's jersey and number. That's so anyone can play as their favorite NFL player, right?

Well it turns out there's a lot of bad history in the NFL that can be easily referenced with the NFL skins. Take for example this one of the number 81 player for the New England Patriots holding a gun.

Other players have made other unfortunate callbacks including one to convicted dog fighter Michael Vick and ex-NFL player OJ Simpson.

The one good reference I've found is Fortnite players dressing as Colin Kaepernick and kneeling, a reference to the real Kaepernick's peaceful protest at the NFL.

As reported, Fortnite skins are rotated out of store on a regular basis, though perhaps Epic will give a little more thought as to the what the internet is capable of doing in bad taste with future collaborations.

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Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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