It's been a whirlwind of a week for the NFL in the last 7 days, with the league stealing headlines for all the wrong reasons. Jon Gruden, the highest-paid coach in NFL history and a major figure within the sport, resigned this past 11th October following a scandal involving leaked emails from Gruden's account.
The emails were uncovered as part of the NFL's investigation into the 2017 Washington Football Team and were said to involve disturbing messages. In wake of the news, Gruden opted to resign from his position as head coach of Las Vegas Raiders, with the team likely to be departing with Gruden regardless of the situation.
EA Sports has decided to address the issue in an upcoming Madden 22 title update to ensure gamers and general public they are committed to procuring an inclusive environment.
Madden 22 will remove Jon Gruden
There have been swift reactions from both the league and individual franchises who have a history with Jon Gruden. He was the head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2002-2008 and won the Super Bowl in his second season with the team.
The Bucs have decided to remove Jon Gruden from their Ring of Honor in an attempt to scrub their history clean of the former coach. EA Sports will follow suit as they announced Wednesday, that Gruden will be removed from Madden 22 in an upcoming title update.
Game devs of the long-running franchise want fans to know where they stand on issues like this, and swift action is the right way to deliver that message.
The title update should be delivered before the end of the month, as EA Sports surely wants to resolve the issue quickly. It's a nice response from the game developers and hopefully a sign of good things to come for the rest of the Madden 22 season.