EA Delays Madden 21 Reveal in Light of Protests Against Police Brutality

EA Delays Madden 21 Reveal in Light of Protests Against Police Brutality

Save the (later) date for Madden 21's reveal.

EA announced yesterday that a Madden 21 reveal set for today, on June 1, would be postponed to a later date. This follows in the wake of widespread protests against police brutality all across America.

The delay of Madden 21's reveal shouldn't come as a major surprise. You can see the full statement from EA on the delay of the reveal just below, which comes through the official Madden NFL Twitter account.

The official statement from EA. | EA

It should rightfully be pointed out that Madden doesn't have a shining track record of supporting protests. As plenty have already noted on Twitter, EA actually removed a mention of Colin Kaepernick's name from the song Big Bank by YG, which featured on the soundtrack for Madden 19, censoring it as though it was a profanity.

You might remember that Kaepernick first started protesting police brutality almost four years ago in the 2016 NFL season, kneeling during the national anthem in the San Francisco 49ers' third preseason game. Kaepernick would become a free agent after the 2016 season was over, and would go unsigned for years. He filed a grievance against the NFL in November 2017, accusing owners of colluding to keep him out of the league. In February 2019, Kaepernick reached a confidential settlement with the NFL.

We should assume that Madden 21 is still slated for its typical release in August 2020, the month in which it releases every year. We've seen relatively little of the actual game so far, but Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson hinted recently that he would be gracing the cover of the game.

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