Aaron Hernandez removed from EA Sports games

AP

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.

40 responses to “Aaron Hernandez removed from EA Sports games

  1. If only he could be removed from headlines and our collective consciousness just as easily…

  2. I’m surprised EA Sports or someone else doesn’t do an “All Incarcerated Team” lineup to play against each other.

    Some of the players who have done time would make for a pretty competitive “Longest Yard” game.

    The profits could all go to designated charities.

  3. My sons birthday is coming soon and i want to get him something special. What should i get him? His favorite player is still aaron hernandez.

  4. I have been out of video games for a few years. But, didn’t the Madden games used to include the year, such as 07, 08, etc.? What is Madden 25?

  5. How can they remove him from the NCAA game if they aren’t using the likenesses of real players?

  6. Getting closer and closer to “he never really existed.”
    Over 1000 Hernandez jerseys traded in over the weekend are being burned as we speak.
    NFL.com has taken his stats down completely.
    No one to blame but himself.

  7. BigBeachBall says:
    Jul 8, 2013 2:42 PM
    My sons birthday is coming soon and i want to get him something special. What should i get him? His favorite player is still aaron hernandez.

    A nice sit down life lesson about who we should look up to in the world and why.

  8. Does this mean Madden will give Jake Ballard insanely high stats even before he’s played a snap in N.E.?

  9. However it’s a wash as Rockstar will be inserting him into Grand Theft Auto.

  10. Corporate greed strikes again. EA should re-print all the NCAA versions w/o Hernandez. We know they’d rather perpetrate that creep to game playing minors rather than spend a few bucks reprinting.

  11. To answer some of the questions above-

    It’s the Madden franchise’s 25th aniversary.

    The game has included free agents for the season and franchise mode for years. Last year they even included “retired” players for Favre style comebacks.

    NCAA has featured former players for years, just not current players (theoreticly at least)

  12. albertmn says: Jul 8, 2013 2:43 PM

    I have been out of video games for a few years. But, didn’t the Madden games used to include the year, such as 07, 08, etc.? What is Madden 25?

    (I believe) It’s because this year’s game will the 25th version of the Madden franchise, otherwise it would’ve been Madden 14.

  13. And I thought ProHockeyTalk had more entertaining comments…apparently not lol. I know someone made a comment about the plane crash in San Fran…that person said “They crashed because the pilot couldn’t see” <—So messed up but funny

  14. BigBeachBall, introduce your son to jason witten. A consumate pro, NEVER in ANY trouble, and solid as they come. Look at his stats, then remember he plays for the cowboys, lol. With Tony Oh-no as his qb. I’d take him over Arrested Hernandez or Gronk any day.

  15. I can’t believe there are still people out there with this ‘rush to judgement’ type talk. Try using your noggin’ people. It’s ok to analyze a situation. The government taking it’s time to work is nothing new.

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