Electronic Arts Removes Former Las Vegas Raiders Coach Jon Gruden From Madden NFL 22 following reports that he had used racist, homophobic and misogynistic language in emails. Shortly after the emails came to light, Gruden resigned as coach of the Raiders.
“EA Sports is committed to taking action to maintain a culture of inclusion and fairness,” EA said in a statement on the 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 him with a generic likeness through a title update in the coming weeks.”
This isn’t the first time EA has made changes to its popular football 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 was dropping the brand. Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was removed by 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 pulled from Madden NFL 15 after a video surfaced of him beating his wife.
Gruden’s emails were included in 650,000 being reviewed as part of an NFL investigation into workplace misconduct with the Washington Football Team.