Madden NFL 23 is a fantasy in which you can enjoy playing the excitement of NFL football with wild games and impossible outcomes. But some reality will be patched soon, as the game’s publisher, EA, is removing a touchdown celebration that has an unfortunate resonance with recent life-threatening events.
Damar Hamlin, a 24-year-old safety for the Buffalo Bills, collapsed shortly after tackling a Cincinnati Bengals player during a Saturday Night Football game on January 2. Local and league medical personnel attended to Hamlin for 19 minutes, during which he received CPR and needed an automated external defibrillator to restore his heartbeat after cardiac arrest. Medical experts suggest later that Hamlin may have suffered the incident of commotio cordiswhen a blow to the chest stops the heart’s electrical signals and creates a dysfunctional coronary artery that stops blood flow to the brain.
Hamlin was then placed on a stretcher, given oxygen, and taken to a Cincinnati hospital. The game was delayed for more than an hour before the NFL suspended it indefinitely. Then it was canceled completely. Hamlin was released from intensive care in Cincinnati on Monday and has returned to Buffalo, where he has been released today.
All of which makes it a little scary to be able to trigger a party inside Madden NFL 23 in which the scoring player lies on the floor while his teammate pretends to administer CPR and other mimes use a defibrillator.
EA Sports told CBS Sports that he “takes steps” to remove the party “through an update in the coming days.” The festival has been in the last three years Insane. Insane did not initiate emergency medical intervention as a touchdown celebration, as the players have seen giving CPR to a football in 2017 and, as recently as last Sunday, did a more concise and subdued version of teammate CPR (for which sorry player).
It’s debatable whether a full-on, three-person faux-resuscitation ceremony would be allowed in today’s NFL games, even before Hamlin’s collapse. The league moved to limit celebrations in 2006, imposing an automatic 15-yard penalty on any team whose player used the props, goal, or ball for “extreme celebration.” SHE changed of course in 2017, keeping the goal restricted but allowing for football supports, celebrations on the ground, and team activities. But “offensive” and “perfect” celebrations, or those directed at the opposition party, are also punishable.