EA: Aaron Hernandez Removed from NCAA 14, Madden 25

Aaron Hernandez, who was charged with murder on June 26, will be removed from both Madden 25 and NCAA 14, according to a report from Joystiq . Hernandez was a tight end for the New England Patriots, prior to being charged with the June 17 homicide of Odin L. Lloyd in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

In the short term, Hernandez's Ultimate Team card in NCAA 14 (by getting a gold medal in the game's Shovel Option drill in the Skills Trainer mode) is being replaced by current Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. In the long term, EA Sports will remove Hernandez from the game through a future title update.

EA issued the following statement about the matter:

"We have made a decision to remove Aaron Hernandez from Madden NFL 25 and NCAA Football 14. Because NCAA Football 14 was finalized prior to our decision, Hernandez' image still appears in the Nike Skills Trainer. However, he is not in the game, and anyone who unlocks that particular Nike Skills Trainer reward will receive an Alex Smith Ultimate Team player item instead. The image of Hernandez will be removed via a Title Update in the near future."


Source: Joystiq

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    Sajomir says:

    It's not about saying he's guilty or not. It's about saying "ooooh, wasn't that boy involved in a murder or something?" which is not something companies want people saying about their product.

    Ever notice how athletes start losing sponsorships the moment they're accused of using performance-enhancing drugs? It doesn't even matter if they're falsely accused or not, companies don't want that person associated with their product.

    Not commenting on right or wrong here, that's just how companies operate now.

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    Papa Midnight says:

    (In my best text-Yoda impression)…

    Hrrmm… much sarcasm, I sense in this one. Strong with the court of public opinion, he is.

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    DorthLous says:

    Innocent until proven guilty has successfully been eradicated from the common consciousness. It's a good thing the justice system never ever makes a single mistake.

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