EA Sports to Remove Former Raiders Coach Jon Gruden From Madden NFL 22 Video Game Amid Email Scandal

Sep 19, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden looks on from the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Las Vegas won 26-17. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Gruden won’t only be absent on NFL sidelines after he resigned as the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders over a stream of vulgar emails, he’ll be gone from virtual ones, too.

EA Sports, the company that makes the popular Madden NFL video game franchise series, announced that it will remove Gruden from the game through a software update in the near future.

“EA Sports is committed to taking action in maintaining a culture of inclusion and equity,” the company said Wednesday evening in a statement. “Due to the circumstances of Jon Gruden’s resignation, we are taking steps 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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SOURCE: USA Today, Lorenzo Reyes