EA Sports Removing Controversial Celebration From Madden 23

Madden NFL 23 CPR Celebration
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EA Sports is set to remove the CPR celebration from Madden 23. This comes on the heels of Buffalo Bills safety Demar Hamlin suffering cardiac arrest during the January 2 Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

In a statement to CBS Sports, the company said it will be removing the celebration relatively soon.

“EA Sports is taking steps to remove the celebration from Madden NFL 23 via an update in the coming days,” an EA spokesman told the outlet.

The Madden 23 CPR celebration itself shows one player on the team laying down while a second player administers pretend CPR. A third player then uses a pretend defibrillator to bring him back up. It can be triggered after scoring a touchdown and choosing the team celebration.

An update on Hamlin’s Recovery

Hamlin collapsed and went into cardiac arrest on January 2 after making a tackle in the first quarter. He received CPR on the field for nearly 10 minutes while having his heart restarted twice, leaving him in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. After a week in ICU in Cincinnati, he recently returned back to Buffalo to continue his recovery at Buffalo General Hospital.

“Not home quite just yet,” Hamlin posted on Twitter on Tuesday. “Still doing & passing a bunch of tests. Special thank you to Buffalo General it’s been nothing but love since arrival!”

The hope is that Hamlin will be released from the hospital and return to his home in the coming days. Meanwhile, his Buffalo Bills are set to host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, January 15 in an NFL Wild Card playoff game. Based on his Twitter activity during the team’s last game, Hamlin is sure to be watching and cheering on his teammates.

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