- EA Sports announced it was removing former Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden from ‘Madden NFL 22’
- Fans were quick to point out that many other figures in the game have been accused of or charged with crimes in the past
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Jon Gruden’s fall from grace in the NFL was swift and justified. From the first leak of Gruden’s comments about NFLPA Director DeMaurice Smith to the email leaks about Gruden’s homophobic slurs, it was blatantly obvious that Jon Gruden had to go.
Gruden resigned as head coach from the Las Vegas Raiders, NFL fans mourned comedian Frank Caliendo who does Gruden impressions, and the fallout from the WFT email leaks continues. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced they’re removing Jon Gruden, the coach who won my Bucs their 1st Super Bowl, from the team’s Ring of Honor.
On Wednesday, EA Sports announced they are removing Jon Gruden from Madden NFL 22, the latest version of their game. I think the vast majority of NFL and Madden fans support this decision but at the same time, it raised a lot of questions from fans about why others are still in the game.
Fans were quick to point out there are many players in the game who have been charged with crimes against women. The comments and memes in response to the Madden NFL 22 kind of speak for themselves on this, there’s not much I can add that isn’t stated in these tweets below:
— Madden NFL 22 (@EAMaddenNFL) October 13, 2021
Also madden. pic.twitter.com/03eGDDjcDk
— Jeffrey 🤠 (@JRW_YT) October 13, 2021
What he said was wrong yeah, BUT crazy how guys like richie incogneto, antonio brown, and deshaun watdon get to stay in the game though..🤷♂️ just sayin.
— Const 🔥🔥🔥 TONEY SZN (@ConsteveBL) October 13, 2021
Will you be removing players for crimes against women?
— Zman (@josh_zylstra) October 13, 2021
Removed from Madden, removed from Bucs Ring of Honor…
But OJ Simpson remains in Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame.
— Guru Ghantaal (@mananpatel41) October 13, 2021
just signed reuban foster to my team! he'll play well with deseaun watson and frank clark.
only the best allowed in madden.
— robert james (@robbie_james44) October 13, 2021
Why not replace him with who he is going to get replaced by?
— Logan (@thewrench01_rea) October 13, 2021
But we will continue to have musicians that use those same (or even worse) lyrics perform in our game soundtracks.
— WyomingCoog (@WyomingCoog) October 13, 2021
This might be the only enhancement to the game you guys have made in years.
— Nick Fatigato (@NickFatCat) October 13, 2021
Madden should really focus on replacing this with a game that’s playable https://t.co/yG3RpCUtzR
— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) October 14, 2021
Whens Tyreek Hill, AB, AP, any Cowboys players, Big Ben, Ray Lewis, etc. being removed from the game as well? https://t.co/YDO84CS67L
— Aiden Brown (@Aiden_brown04) October 14, 2021
Where is this energy for Tyreek Hill or Richie Incognito? https://t.co/TEFwWzk4PD
— Zinchenkos Burner (@ZinchenkoBurner) October 13, 2021
The general gist of the reactions to this Madden move isn’t too far off from how a lot of people are reacting to the NFL’s silence on what else was in the emails, or how there were other big names in these conversations who haven’t yet faced consequences for their actions like Jon Gruden currently is.
It does feel like this story is far from over. And I think most NFL fans, myself included, would be shocked if the NFL doubles down on staying silent about the other people implicated in the emails. But there’s no way of knowing what tomorrow will bring.