Aaron Hernandez’s virtual football career is heading the same way as his actual football career.
EA Sports announced Monday that Hernandez will not appear in the forthcoming Madden NFL 25 video game and that they have edited another one of their games to delete an appearance by Hernandez. Photos from NCAA Football 14 appeared on Twitter Monday depicting a card of Hernandez in a University of Florida jersey that players can win for achieving certain milestones in the game. The company said that there wasn’t time to alter the college game before it was released.
“We 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,” an EA Sports spokesperson told CBSSports.com. “The image of Hernandez will be removed via a Title Update in the near future.”
Between the jerseys collected by the Patriots and the digital erasure by EA Sports, traces of Hernandez around football fields of any kind are going to be hard to find this year.