Jon Gruden, the disgraced former coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, is getting pulled from EA Sports’ popular “Madden NFL” video-game series.
“EA Sports is committed to taking action in maintaining a culture of inclusion and equity,” the game developer and publisher said in a statement Wednesday. “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.”
Gruden resigned as the Raiders’ head coach late Monday after the New York Times reported that he repeatedly used homophobic and racist language in emails when he worked at ESPN as a commentator on “Monday Night Football.”
Gruden first came under fire after The New York Times reported that NFL officials were aware that he frequently made offensive remarks to criticize the league’s decisions, decrying the introduction of women referees, some players’ decision to protest during the national anthem and the drafting of a gay player. Gruden’s emails came to light as part of a workplace misconduct legal case against the Washington Football Team.
Gruden sent emails to Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen and others over a seven-year period from 2011 to 2018, allegedly using slurs and offensive language to denounce various owners, coaches and journalists who cover the league, according to the Times. Gruden was employed by ESPN as the head analyst of “Monday Night Football” during that time until he was hired by the Raiders in 2018.
Gruden won a Super Bowl in 2002 during his six years with Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After several years on “Monday Night Football,” Gruden was hired by the Raiders in 2018 for his second time around as head coach of the franchise. The Raiders’ lineup includes Carl Nassib, the first NFL player to publicly declare his homosexuality.
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