Jon Gruden to Be Removed from 'Madden NFL 22'; Will Be Replaced with Generic Likeness

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVOctober 13, 2021

Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden during an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
AP Photo/Rick Scuteri

EA Sports is removing Jon Gruden's likeness from Madden NFL 22 following his resignation as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.

The company announced Wednesday a generic likeness will take Gruden's place.

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Gruden's resignation followed multiple reports that he used racist, anti-gay and misogynistic language in email correspondence.

Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the 58-year-old said NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith had "lips the size of michellin tires" in an email to former Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen. He also referred to Smith as "Dumboriss."

While the comment about Smith's facial features echoed a racist trope about Black people, Gruden told Beaton that "I don't have a racial bone in my body" and that he used the phrase "rubber lips" to describe people he thinks are lying.

Smith spoke out about the situation Monday:

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The email has also revealed why the comments by some with powerful platforms to explain this away are insidious and hypocritical. It is as if there is a need to protect football above the values of equality, inclusion and respect.

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I appreciate that he reached out to me &amp; I told him that we will connect soon, but make no mistake, the news is not about what is said in our private conversation, but what else is said by people who never thought they would be exposed and how they are going to be held to account

Gruden continued to serve in his capacity as the Raiders' coach following the revelation, with Las Vegas losing 20-9 to the Chicago Bears in Week 5.

On Monday, however, the New York Times' Ken Belson and Katherine Rosman published more details from Gruden emails, which were part of an unrelated investigation into the Washington Football Team's workplace culture.

Gruden called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a "f----t" and a "clueless anti football p---y." He also asserted that Goodell put pressure on former St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher to draft "queers" after the Rams selected Michael Sam, making him the first out gay player to be drafted into the NFL.

Gruden subsequently announced he was stepping down and apologized, saying he "never meant to hurt anyone."


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