EA Sports was supposed to formally announce the new Madden NFL 21 game today, but with everything going on with the civil unrest after the murder of George Floyd, they decided against that.
“We stand with our African American / Black community of friends, players, colleagues, and partners,” EA Sports said in a statement on social media Sunday. “Our immediate attention is on actions we can take to drive change against the unjust treatment and systemic bias that is plaguing the nation and our world.”
Floyd, a black man, died last week in Minneapolis after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes.
The “celebration” was expected to the announcement of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson as the cover athlete. The MVP casually announced it would be him during a video interview last month.
It’s unknown to when EA Sports will reveal Madden NFL 21 to the public, but honestly, now isn’t the right time. Something bigger than video games is happening and they get that.
EA Sports is slated to have an event called EA Play 2020 on June 11th. Normally, E3 would’ve been the event to showcase their work, but unfortunately, that event was canceled earlier in the year due to the coronavirus pandemic.