Jon Gruden’s time as Raiders coach ended Monday. He resigned from his post amid a scandal involving emails he sent over a seven-year span that contained racist, sexist and homophobic language within them.
The consequences for Gruden have been swift. He was removed from the Buccaneers ring of honor earlier in the week. Now, he is being eliminated by “Madden NFL 22” from EA Sports.
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EA Sports announced in a statement which would replace the reasons for “a generic taste” in the coming weeks.
EA Sports is committed to taking steps to maintain a culture of inclusion and fairness. 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 taste through a title update in the coming weeks.
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Gruden’s removal will make him one of two coaches with a generic taste within the Madden franchise. The other is Bill Belichick, although his absence is due to an entirely different reason.
EA Sports has an agreement with the NFL Coaches Association that allows them to use the name and taste of the NFL’s head coaches in their game. Belichick is not a member of that group, so EA Sports does not have permission to include him there. Instead, they use a generic character named “Griffin Murphy” as a coach.
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That may explain why EA Sports is not replacing Gruden with his interim replacement, Rich Bisaccia. They may not have permission to put it in the game and it may be too late for them to get it, as the game was released almost two months ago.
So while Bisaccia may be training the Raiders in reality, it doesn’t look like he’s doing it at Madden. But Gruden won’t be either, as he continues to face the consequences of his actions.