Electronic Arts has announced that it will be removing former NFL coach John Gruden from Madden NFL 22 in a future update. Gruden resigned from the NFL on October 11 after being exposed to racist remarks, homophobic slurs and sexist remarks in emails sent between 2011 and 2018.
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“EA Sports is committed to taking action to maintain a culture of inclusion and equity,” EA said in a Twitter post. “Due to the circumstances of John Gruden’s resignation, we are taking steps to remove him from Madden NFL 22. We will be replacing him with a general likeness via a title update in the coming weeks.”
Gruden first coached the Raiders from 1998 to 2001, then the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2002 to 2008, before becoming a color commentator for Monday Night Football. Gruden came under fire for racist, homophobic and anti-female comments in emails she wrote over the course of seven years before returning as coach for the Las Vegas Raiders in 2018. Gruden met with the Raiders’ ownership on Monday and later announced his resignation. same day.
NFL released Statement Saying that it denounced a 2011 email by Gruden that contained a racist description of executive director of the NFL Players Association Demoris Smith.
Gruden also used a homophobic slur to describe NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, alleging that Goodell influenced the Rams’ leadership to select Michael Sams in the 2014 draft. Sam became the first openly gay player in the NFL to drop out after completing his college football career.
Gruden was in his fourth season on a 10-year contract that was estimated to be worth $100 million.
Gruden’s emails came as a result of an NFL investigation into workplace misconduct related to the organization now known as The Washington Football Team. Several emails containing discriminatory language from Gruden were sent to Bruce Allen, the former president of The Washington football team.
Gruden was replaced as the Raiders’ head coach by Rich Biccia, the Raiders’ assistant head coach and special teams coordinator. “Generic Similarity” (probably not really “Similarity”, if it’s generic) will take its place in Madden 22 in a future update.
This is not the first time a prominent sports person has been removed from a sport. EA first Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy removed from FIFA After the player was charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.