I’m very much in two minds over this one. Actually, three minds because right off the bat I don’t care who Aaron Hernandez is and I’ve never gotten into the Madden or NCAA titles so it doesn’t really affect me.
But this just feels wrong.
A bit of history, Aaron Hernandez is a 23 year old American NFL player who earns over $500 000 a year throwing around a piece of dead pig and smashing into people. By all accounts he was a great, hard-working player with a fantastic future ahead of him but for some reason that hasn’t been totally explained he decided to shoot Odin Lloyd who subsequently died.
All I can find out about the motive is that Aaron didn’t like the guys Odin was hanging out with, with his exact words being:
“he [Mr. Lloyd] was ‘chilling’ with people that he [Mr. Hernandez] had problems with,”
Really? That seems like a seriously tenuous reason to murder someone with 5 shots, execution style. But nevertheless his NFL team, The Patriots, instantly fired the guy and now EA games has decided to remove him from both the upcoming Madden 25 title and NCAA 14 and have his likeness replaced with Alex Smith.
What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Or at least something a little more solid than him executing someone because he didn’t like the guys he was hanging out with?
What do you think, is EA doing the right thing by removing this possible murderer from the game or have The Patriots and EA gone too far by sentencing this guy before he has had his day in court?
Last Updated: July 10, 2013
July 10, 2013 at 14:41
Well Gav , look at it from this perspective.
As a pro football team , would you really want an alleged murderer on your team ?
and by the Patriots dropping him from the team, why should EA keep him in the game considering he is no longer a player in the NFL.
July 10, 2013 at 14:47
Wel. Think about it like this. He was fired by the Patriots, so he won’t be playing this season. So doesn’t it make sense that EA removed his likeness from the game? It hasn’t even been released yet… So at least the squads will be more accurate with him not being there. I actually don’t see anything wrong.
Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew
July 10, 2013 at 14:47
Because if they didn’t let’s be honest, sensationalist media would then point at EA and go “See! They do advocate violence” or something like that