Jon Gruden’s time as Raiders coach ended on Monday. He resigned from his post amid a scandal involving emails he sent over a span of seven years that contained racist, sexist and homophobic language.
The fallout for Gruden was quick. He was taken out of the Buccaneers’ ring of honor earlier in the week. Now he’s dropped out of EA Sports’ “Madden NFL 22”.
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EA Sports announced in a press release that they would replace Gruden with “a generic likeness” in the coming weeks.
EA Sports is committed to taking action to maintain a culture of inclusion and fairness. Due to the circumstances of Jon Gruden’s resignation, we are taking action to remove him from Madden NFL 22. We will replace him with a generic likeness via a title update in the coming weeks.
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Gruden’s removal will make him one of two generically alike coaches within the Madden franchise. The other is Bill Belichick, although his absence is for an entirely different reason.
EA Sports has an agreement with the NFL Coaches Association that allows them to use the name and likeness of NFL head coaches in their game. Belichick is not a member of this group, so EA Sports does not have the permission to include it. They instead use a generic character named “Griffin Murphy” as their trainer.
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This may explain why EA Sports are not replacing Gruden with their interim replacement, Rich Bisaccia. They may not have permission to put it in the game and it may be too late for them to get it, as the game was released almost two months ago.
So while Bisaccia actually trains the Raiders, it doesn’t look like he will in Madden. But neither will Gruden as he continues to face the consequences of his actions.