Jon Gruden to be faraway from ‘Madden NFL 22’ amid e-mail fallout
Jon Gruden’s e-mail controversy had penalties within the digital world, too.
EA Sports activities introduced Wednesday it was eradicating the previous Las Vegas Raiders coach from the sport Madden NFL 22 after The New York Instances revealed emails from Gruden displaying that he used homophobic and misogynistic remarks in conversations with former Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen and different high-profile males.
“EA Sports activities is dedicated to taking motion in sustaining a tradition of inclusion and fairness. Because of the circumstances of Jon Gruden’s resignation, we’re taking steps to take away him from Madden NFL 22. We’ll exchange him with a generic likeness by way of a title replace within the coming weeks,” the corporate mentioned.
Gruden resigned within the wake of The New York Instances report.
“I’ve resigned as Head Coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. I like the Raiders and don’t need to be a distraction. Thanks to all of the gamers, coaches, workers, and followers of Raider Nation. I’m sorry, I by no means meant to harm anybody,” he mentioned in a press release.
Gruden in not less than one e-mail, in keeping with the Instances, known as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell an anti-gay slur and a “clueless anti-football p—y” and argued that Goodell shouldn’t have allegedly pressured then-St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher to draft “queers,” in reference to former NFL defensive lineman Michael Sam, who was the primary overtly homosexual participant to be chosen within the draft.
The e-mail appeared to point out an entire disconnect from Gruden’s messaging when his personal participant Carl Nassib got here out as homosexual earlier than the beginning of the 2021 season and have become the primary energetic overtly homosexual NFL participant.
The emails had been reviewed as a part of an NFL office investigation into the Washington Soccer Staff. Gruden’s emails about Goodell had been flagged within the investigation. Amongst them, had been disparaging remarks about NFL Gamers Affiliation government director DeMaurice Smith.
On Wednesday, staff Mark Davis was quick and candy when requested concerning the staff’s now-former head coach.
“I’ve no remark. Ask the NFL. They’ve all of the solutions,” Davis informed ESPN.
Gruden was within the fourth 12 months of a 10-year, $100 million contract. He was additionally faraway from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor.