Madden NFL 23 Scraps CPR Touchdown Celebrations in Wake of Damar Hamlin Tragedy
Madden NFL 23 developer EA Sports has announced that they will be removing the CPR touchdown celebration from the game in light of the recent incident involving Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills. In case you missed it, Hamlin suffered a life-threatening cardiac arrest on January 2nd during a Monday Night Football match between the Bills and Cincinnati Bengals. The incident saw the Bills’ medical team administer CPR to Hamlin, and he was transported off the field to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for critical care.
“EA Sports is taking steps to remove the celebration from Madden NFL 23 via an update in the coming days,” a spokesperson for the studio told CBS Sports. It’s a move that’s long overdue and it’s great to see the studio taking responsibility for their actions.
In other news, the announcement comes just days after Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Alex Highsmith took part in a CPR celebration during his team’s Sunday win against the Cleveland Browns. The incident raised more than a few eyebrows on social media, but Highsmith has since stated that he would never want to do anything intentionally and he never ever would do that.