It didn’t take long for someone to try to cancel John Madden after his death.
On Tuesday night, it was reported that the legendary sports broadcaster had died unexpectedly at the age of 85-years-old.
NFL legend John Madden died unexpected this morning. He was 85. pic.twitter.com/FoC1mAzoF6
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 29, 2021
About a half-hour after the announcement of Madden’s death, an “independent journalist” with over 250k Twitter followers took a shot at the former NFL coach turned announcer for glamorizing brain injuries in his video games.
Fans immediately noted that Madden was a strong advocate for showing the adverse effects of concussions in his video games and openly spoke out against children tackling each other at a young age.
— L., MA (@leslieleeiii) December 29, 2021
1993: I've pointed out several times how Madden was the perfect combination of entertainment/education as an announcer/champion coach. In #NYGiants Wild Card win over Vikings, McMahon was KO'ed 3 times. He gave his thoughts on concussions before CTE was widely known by the public pic.twitter.com/BdsFeY9JRu
— BigBlueVCR (@BigBlueVCR) December 29, 2021
Important to remember about John Madden: He was perhaps the first high-profile football guy to call for flag football for kids. “Why do we have to start with a six-year-old who was just potty trained a year ago and put a helmet on him and tackle?”https://t.co/47Qs1jhcPl
— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonAspen) December 29, 2021
Emptywheel received plenty of backlash over the Madden tweet.
I can’t imagine there will ever be a more perfect use for this meme. pic.twitter.com/WeQmAgs1Lp
— Ian Wallace (@IWWWallace) December 29, 2021
Super Mario was always smashing bricks with his head and it's very problematic
— Dirty Dick from Turtle Crick 🇹🇼 (@Midniteclimaxxx) December 29, 2021
How many concussions did this cause? pic.twitter.com/9ZPRazcEGL
— Ehren (@CampArlington) December 29, 2021