Some players in the NFL are starting to realize that the glamor of licensing their appearance for games like EA Madden 19 isn't all that's cracked up to be after realizing that they don't really look like the digital versions of themselves.
NFL's Christian Covington, who plays defensive end for the Houston Texans, posted a photo of his character model from Madden 19 on Twitter lamenting, "Guess I have to accept the fact that I'm ugly now..."
Guess I have to accept the fact that I’m ugly now.... Say it ain’t so Madden.... smh pic.twitter.com/fTcmitdrEw— Christian Covington (@thetangibleC4) August 22, 2018
Trent Taylor, a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers made a similar tweet writing, "What'd I do to deserve this???" and sending the tweet to the official EA Madden Twitter account.
While there's a thread on Resetera about these complaints from NFL players, none might have been more upset than Dallas Cowboys defensive end Tyrone Crawford who called his likeness in Madden 19, "unacceptable."
YO @EAMaddenNFL we need to have a talk. This is unacceptable. Forget my stats. What’s up with the photo? Who on your staff felt it ok to make my body look like humpty-dumpty? I DEMAND A REVIEW! pic.twitter.com/WgL3sMjlvi— Tyrone Crawford(@TCrawford98) July 23, 2018
Not only did EA fix up Crawford’s appearance, but the latest Madden 19 update made changes to almost 30 NFL players’ appearances in the game. Whether this update prompted other NFL players unhappy with their likeness in Madden 19 to reach out is unknown.
Madden NFL 19 is available now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Check out our Madden 19 review for our take on EA’s latest football game or check out our Madden 19 guide to help take your game to the next level.