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Jon Gruden dropped from Madden video game

EA Sports, maker of Madden NFL 22, says it is “committed to taking action in maintaining a culture of inclusion and equity.”
In this Aug. 10, 2018, photo, Raiders coach Jon Gruden reacts during the first half of a preseason game against the Lions in Oakland, Calif.
In this Aug. 10, 2018, photo, Raiders coach Jon Gruden reacts during the first half of a preseason game against the Lions in Oakland, Calif. [ JOHN HEFTI | AP ]
Published Oct. 14
Updated Oct. 14

Jon Gruden is being dropped from the Madden NFL 22 video game after he resigned as coach of the Raiders because it was reported that he used racist, homophobic and misogynistic language in emails.

EA Sports posted on Twitter on Wednesday that it was “taking steps to remove” Gruden from the latest version of its popular game and would “replace him with a general likeness via a title update in the coming weeks.”

The game maker said it is “committed to taking action in maintaining a culture of inclusion and equity.”

The Wall Street Journal and New York Times reported that from 2011-18 while he was an ESPN analyst between coaching jobs, Gruden used offensive terms in messages he wrote to then-Washington club executive Bruce Allen.

Gruden stepped down Monday night during the fourth season of a 10-year, $10 million deal with the Raiders. He also is the former head coach of the Buccaneers, whom he led to a Super Bowl title in 2003 (2002 regular season).

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