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Aaron Hernandez included, and then removed, from NCAA Football ’14

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EA Sports’ NCAA ’14 will be released to the masses tomorrow, likely to the chagrin of Ed O’Bannon as he frowns upon the image of QB #2 for Texas A&M on his TV screen.

That’s another problem for another day. Right now, EA Sports has been dealing with a more immediate issue. The game has been released on a limited basis, so just long enough for someone to notice former Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez as an unlockable  player in the game.

(Image courtesy of the one and only @TeamSpeedKills


Hernandez, who has been released from the New England Patriots in the wake of his arrest for the murder of Odin Lloyd, is apparently an unlockable player in the game’s Ultimate Team mode. Not long after the image made its way through the social media web, EA Sports released the following statement:

“We made a decision to remove Aaron Hernandez from Madden NFL 25 and NCAA Football 14. Because NCAA Football 14 was finalized prior to our decision, Hernandez’ image still appears in the Nike Skills Trainer. However, he is not in the game, and anyone who unlocks that particular Nike Skills Trainer reward will receive an Alex Smith Ultimate Team player item instead. The image of Hernandez will be removed via a Title Update in the near future.”

Thanks to how quickly video games can be updated, the problem’s been resolved before it turned into much problem at all.

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8 Responses to “Aaron Hernandez included, and then removed, from NCAA Football ’14”
  1. imaduffer says: Jul 8, 2013 8:20 PM

    Aaron Hernandez is lucky he doesn’t live in the State of Texas.

  2. abnparatrooper says: Jul 8, 2013 8:55 PM

    Aaron Hernandez should get used to being “locked up” .

  3. jimbo75025 says: Jul 8, 2013 9:01 PM

    I really do not see the big issue with him appearing in video games. Much like deleting of his stats from team pages, etc revisionist history does not change what he did (up to and including the events of a few weeks ago). I highly doubt if anyone will be motivated to murder because his game still appears.

  4. desal2ds says: Jul 8, 2013 9:46 PM

    Then take Ray Lewis, Donte Stallworth too

  5. vincentbojackson says: Jul 8, 2013 10:32 PM

    However, Hernandez is still available to unlock in the new Grand Theft Auto.

  6. barbeaux says: Jul 8, 2013 11:35 PM

    Oh my God. It’s the end of the world.

  7. rmfields says: Jul 9, 2013 8:23 AM

    You are missing the point completely, jimbo75025. They are removing him because why honor a murderer? “Unlocking” Aaron Hernandez in the game is treated as a reward. This should not be the case.

  8. normtide says: Jul 9, 2013 1:41 PM

    Why honor a murderer is a great question. It should have been asked when Ray Lewis was being touted before and after the super bowl.

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