For the second time in almost a year EA Sports has given a “death penalty” to an NFL player removing them from their game. It happened last July when Aaron Hernandez was removed from Madden 25 and NCAA Football 14 and it will reportedly happen by this Friday to remove Ray Rice from Madden 15. The public outcry regarding Rice is coming fast and furious ever since TMZ Sports released the elevator footage of Rice punching his then fiancee and current wife back in February. In the hours since that video was leaked, Rice was cut by the Ravens, suspended indefinitely by the NFL and today Nike dropped him as well.
Rice will be removed in the updated roster release and while Rice is still a free agent technically, the fact that he’s suspended from the league EA Sports has decided to remove him entirely from all rosters. There has been no word on what will happen to Ray Rice’s card in Madden Ultimate Team for those owner’s (like myself) who already own his card. It might be safe to just throw his card into the Item Set and call it a day. When Hernandez was given the gaming death penalty in NCAA Football 14, EA “compensated” those users with Hernandez NFUT cards with a replacement Alex Smith card. Not exactly a one for one exchange but I guess it’s better than a kick in the pants. I would expect a similar situation where all Rice cards will be removed from MUT and given replacements of some kind.
Also to continue the Hernandez like trend, the Ravens are offering free exchanges on Ray Rice jerseys similar to what the Patriots did with all the #81 Hernandez jerseys. Ray Rice is far more popular than Hernandez was so you know this won’t be a cheap proposition but it’s a necessary one. You can’t have people wearing #27 Rice jerseys around the stadium spitting in the face of domestic violence and the mockery the Ravens, Roger Goodell and the NFL made of this situation.