News of Hunt being removed from the game was noted by Charles Goldman of Chiefs Wire/USA TODAY on Monday, then TMZ quoted a rep from publisher EA Sports as saying Hunt is being taken out of Madden NFL 19 as well as the mobile game Madden Overdrive and the game mode Madden Ultimate Team, which allows players to build teams using all-time NFL greats.
"We are in the process of removing Kareem Hunt from the Madden NFL 19 roster, Madden Overdrive and Madden Ultimate Team," the rep said. "Any of our players who currently have Hunt on their Ultimate Team will receive a replacement generic player with identical stats."
Hunt remains without a team after the Kansas City Chiefs released him due to video footage published by TMZ on November 30 that showed him pushing and kicking a woman during an altercation that took place in February outside his Cleveland, Ohio hotel apartment. The NFL is in the process of weighing disciplinary measures for Hunt and, according to a report from ESPN, is taking the February incident into account as well as one in June where Hunt was allegedly involved in a dispute at a resort in the Ohio island town of Put-in-Bay and another reported earlier this week by TMZ where a man claimed to be attacked and beaten by a group that included Hunt and former Chiefs running back George Atkinson during a skirmish at a Kansas City nightclub in January. The league also placed Hunt on its Reserve/Commissioner Exempt List after the video surfaced, making him unable to play in games or participate in practice until he is removed from the list.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was asked Wednesday about his knowledge of the nightclub incident in January, which was reported to have happened in the hours following Kansas City's loss to Tennessee in the Wild Card playoff round. Reid, as he has in recent days, chose not to dive too deeply into the issue.
"We’ve put this past us, that part," Reid said. "I made a couple statements last week and then we’ve moved on with that, so I’m not going to comment on that. I’m just going to leave it with what the organization put out."
Hunt apologized for his actions in the video during an interview with Lisa Salters that aired on ESPN Sunday morning. He also asked for forgiveness, saying he plans to do whatever he needs to do in order to get a second chance.