EA is removing ex-Raiders coach Jon Gruden from Madden after email scandal

Electronic Arts retires former Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden from Madden NFL 22 following reports that he used racist, homophobic and misogynistic language in emails. Gruden resigned his job as coach of the Raiders shortly after the emails were revealed.

“EA Sports is committed to taking action to maintain a culture of inclusion and fairness,” EA said in a statement posted on the site. Madden NFL Twitter account. “Due to the circumstances of Jon Gruden’s resignation, we are taking steps to remove him from Madden NFL 22. We’ll be replacing it with a generic likeness via a title update in the coming weeks.

This is not the first time that EA has made changes to its blockbuster soccer series in response to real-world events. In 2020, the company changed all references to the Washington Redskins to Madden NFL 21 after the franchise announced it would be dropping the brand. Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been taken out of NCAA Football 14 and Madden NFL 25 after being convicted of first degree murder in 2013. And former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was removed from Madden NFL 15 after a video of him hitting his wife was released.

Gruden’s emails were among 650,000 that were examined as part of an NFL investigation into workplace misconduct at the Washington football team.