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Aaron Hernandez removed from EA Sports games

Aaron Hernandez, Michael Fee 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.

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40 Responses to “Aaron Hernandez removed from EA Sports games”
  1. lesliedevereaux says: Jul 8, 2013 2:18 PM

    Well, there goes my free agent pickup for my franchise on Madden.

  2. ccjcsr says: Jul 8, 2013 2:20 PM

    Boom!

  3. trollhammer20 says: Jul 8, 2013 2:23 PM

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

  4. datd00d says: Jul 8, 2013 2:24 PM

    Yeah, smart call leaving him in Madden 2013.

    Two 88+ overall TEs in the same offense? Matchup nightmare.

  5. fafaflunky says: Jul 8, 2013 2:24 PM

    you can always build your own player..just put his IQ at 0

  6. raiderufan says: Jul 8, 2013 2:28 PM

    Should have left him in the game, rated him a zero and locked his ratings so they can never be changed.

  7. whatnojets says: Jul 8, 2013 2:29 PM

    Rush to judgment?!?

  8. doe22us says: Jul 8, 2013 2:31 PM

    What a lonely world it is, even Madden doesnt want you.

  9. j0esixpack says: Jul 8, 2013 2:32 PM

    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.

  10. bennyb82 says: Jul 8, 2013 2:32 PM

    He seems better fit for a first-person shooter game anyway…

  11. yahmule says: Jul 8, 2013 2:33 PM

    The League is getting quite Orwellian in their efforts to unperson this guy.

  12. 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.

  13. 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?

  14. dolphindubs says: Jul 8, 2013 2:44 PM

    @bennyb82

    That is so wrong, yet so right!

  15. armadaservices says: Jul 8, 2013 2:45 PM

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

  16. rc33 says: Jul 8, 2013 2:47 PM

    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.

  17. richiebburg says: Jul 8, 2013 2:53 PM

    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.

  18. rufustfireflyjr says: Jul 8, 2013 2:55 PM

    BigBeachBall: Buy him an orange jumpsuit. That should approximate Hernandez’s wardrobe for the forseeable future.

  19. jayniner says: Jul 8, 2013 3:05 PM

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

  20. tharoostah says: Jul 8, 2013 3:12 PM

    Why would he be in Madden 25 hes not on a team? I thought it was just players currently in the league and Hall of Famers.

  21. ctiggs says: Jul 8, 2013 3:15 PM

    E A Sports its in the gun.

  22. peytonwantsaflag says: Jul 8, 2013 3:22 PM

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

  23. justintuckrule says: Jul 8, 2013 3:33 PM

    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.

  24. beavertonsteve says: Jul 8, 2013 3:35 PM

    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)

  25. yeshsesh303 says: Jul 8, 2013 3:37 PM

    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.

  26. wolfmanpatriot says: Jul 8, 2013 3:45 PM

    They came to my house and removed him from this years game.
    Yikes!

  27. tacowrecker says: Jul 8, 2013 3:47 PM

    They should have left him in the game but changed his name to TE Dbag

  28. thailer35 says: Jul 8, 2013 3:50 PM

    I’ve heard he’s going to be an unlockable character in the next assassins creed.

  29. phillyphever says: Jul 8, 2013 3:58 PM

    Whoa, EA doing something smart? Did I just entered the Twilight Zone?

  30. booonly says: Jul 8, 2013 3:58 PM

    What if he is found innocent? Not that I believe he will be. But, what if?

  31. pitpenguinsrulez says: Jul 8, 2013 4:01 PM

    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

  32. joshinmexico says: Jul 8, 2013 4:15 PM

    But he will be in the next Grand Theft Auto.

  33. bminder1972 says: Jul 8, 2013 4:15 PM

    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.

  34. johnnycash19 says: Jul 8, 2013 4:22 PM

    At least EA can cover up a mistake better than Hernandez.

  35. noring4youstill says: Jul 8, 2013 4:27 PM

    Well I’ll just have to create him

  36. wfederal says: Jul 8, 2013 4:33 PM

    Ethan Albright demands an explanation

  37. keepounding1234 says: Jul 8, 2013 4:43 PM

    Why would he be in Madden 25 hes not on a team? ____________________________________
    They don’t develop these games over a weekend.

  38. onebucplace says: Jul 8, 2013 5:55 PM

    I’m glad EA is protecting me from criminals — like they did with the 2005 Madden cover.

  39. bookofelisha10 says: Jul 8, 2013 11:48 PM

    @benny– comment of the day

  40. dumbhobby says: Jul 9, 2013 7:52 AM

    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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