EA Sports ‘is REMOVING the CPR touchdown celebration from its Madden NFL 23 video game’ in the wake of Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest – just days after Steelers players were criticized for performing it vs. Browns
EA Sports is planning to remove a touchdown celebration in its Madden franchise that simulates giving CPR to a player following Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest, according to reports.
The celebration will be removed through a new update that will roll out within the next few days, according to TMZ.
This report came hours after it was announced Hamlin was back in Buffalo and out of the Cincinnati hospital he was rushed to on January 2.
EA Sports will update Madden NFL 23 to remove a celebration for touchdowns mimicking CPR
This comes after Hamlin was released from the hospital in Cincinnati & arrived in Buffalo
Doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center held a press conference on Monday, saying that Hamlin was released earlier that morning and that he was safely back in Buffalo
Hamlin put out multiple tweets after that press conference occurred, saying he would be going to Buffalo General Hospital to continue testing and be monitored.
‘Headed home to Buffalo today with a lot of love on my heart,’ the safety tweeted. ‘Watching the world come together around me on Sunday was truly an amazing feeling. The same love you all have shown me is the same love that I plan to put back into the world n more. Bigger than football!’
He later tweeted, ‘Grateful for the awesome care I received at UCMC. Happy to be back in Buffalo. The docs and nurses at Buffalo General have already made me feel at home!’
Hamlin posted a series of tweets after he arrived back home in New York thanking everyone
‘I can confirm he is doing well and this is the beginning of the next stage of his recovery,’ said UC’s Dr. William Knight said in yesterday’s press conference.
‘We continue to be ecstatic about his recovery,’ Dr. Timothy Pritts added.
On Sunday, the entirety of the NFL held tributes to Hamlin – with teams coloring the number three on their fields in blue and red.
Other players also took to warm-ups in shirts that honored him with the phrase ‘Love for Damar’ on them.
‘When the opening kickoff was run back he jumped up and down, got out of his chair, set I think every alarm off in the ICU in the process,’ Pritts told the press.
Teams throughout the league also highlighted the number three in each 30-yard line number
Fans of Hamlin’s team packed the home stadium in Orchard Park with signs supporting him
The decision from EA mirrors some real life controversy from the most recent game between the Steelers and Browns.
Last Sunday, players on the Pittsburgh Steelers received backlash for celebrating a sack by having someone simulate CPR on Alex Highsmith.
Fans on social media saw the celebrations and criticized the team for their lack of tact considering Hamlin was still recovering in the hospital at the time.
The Steelers celebrated a sack by Alex Highsmith with a mock ‘CPR’ in Sunday’s game
NFL fans on social media criticized Pittsburgh for the celebration as Hamlin still recovered