There’s two things to love about summertime–football being right around the corner and the release of EA Sports’ NCAA Football and Madden series. Unfortunately for the popular video game company, one of the difficult decisions this time around was whether or not former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez should be featured in the game as he currently sits in jail after being charged with the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.
Thankfully, the company made the right decision to remove Hernandez from both NCAA Football 14 and Madden NFL 25.
In case there’s any confusion, Hernandez was originally listed as a player to “unlock” in NCAA Football 14 for the time he spent at Florida–which is why the decision was made to remove him from that game along with the Madden one. Obviously, the last thing EA Sports needed to deal with was controversy from unhappy fans who were disgusted by having Hernandez in this game after learning all of the details surrounding his secret life from the last couple of years.
As bad as it sounds, Hernandez doesn’t have many fans left after what he did–so nobody will really be disappointed by his absence in either of these games. If anything, EA Sports should consider themselves lucky for having enough time before the release date of both these games so they could take the proper action and remove Hernandez from the game before fans could already use Hernandez after buying the game.