EA playing judge, jury and executioner for Hernandez

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Same guy.. scary isn't it

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

Gavin Mannion

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