EA Sports removes Aaron Hernandez from Madden 14, NCAA 14

Aaron Hernandez at his arraignment where he was charged with first-degree murder. (USATSI)

On Monday morning, a photograph started making the rounds on Twitter featuring an Aaron Hernandez "card" showing up as a reward for an achievement in EA Sports popular college football game NCAA Football 14.

But fear not: an EA Sports spokesperson told CBSSports.com on Monday that Hernandez has been removed from both the NCAA game as well as Madden NFL 25 and only showed up temporarily because of the timing involved in publishing NCAA 14.

"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," a spokesperson for EA Sports said. "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."

It stinks that the Hernandez photo popped up, but it's not the end of the world, considering how quickly the video game company can update things on their end and push those updates across the online version.

Most importantly, though, they're going to have Hernandez out of the NFL version of the game by the time it's released. Hernandez, having been dumped by the Patriots, wouldn't be on a roster anyway.

But the smart move for EA is to simply remove him completely. They're doing just that.

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