Woke professor claims hugely popular John Madden NFL computer games ‘dehumanized black athletes’ and served as ‘digital plantation’ in tweets sent on day iconic coach died aged 85
A woke Texas college professor accused late NFL coach and beloved former broadcaster John Madden of ‘dehumanizing and profiting off black athletes’ and creating a ”digital plantation’ with his hugely popular ‘Madden NFL’ video game franchise.
Andrew McGregor, a history professor at Dallas College in Texas, also claimed the video game ‘glamorized violence,’ in tweets posted just hours after the Super Bowl-winning Hall of Fame coach died on December 28.
‘I have a lot of opinions on John Madden,’ McGregor tweeted. ‘The creation of the Madden video game was not a great development for the U.S. It further glamorized violence and dehumanized Black athletes, helping to establish plantation cosplay that has grown worse in the era of fantasy football.’
‘It glamorized athletes, using their name for profits while encouraging fans to disregard the humanity. Madden built a digital plantation,’ he added in another tweet.
Andrew McGregor, a history professor at Dallas College in Texas, claimed the video game ‘glamorized violence,’ just hours after the Super Bowl-winning Hall of Fame coach died on December 28
Dallas College professor Andrew McGregor blasted John Madden on the same day Madden died aged 85
The game, which released a new version every year and connected Madden as a commentator to a younger generation, uitgekom in 1988 and is marketed by EA Sports
Madden and the Oakland Raiders
Madden had been impressive as a player and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1958, but managed to injure his knees before he ever got the chance to play professionally.
He was hired as coach for the Raiders when he was only 32, and stayed with the team for 10 seisoene – van 1969 aan 78.
In his first season, he went 12-1-1, losing the AFL title game 17-7 to Kansas City.
That pattern repeated itself during his tenure; the Raiders won the division title in seven of his first eight seasons, but went 1-6 in conference title games during that span.
His biggest triumph was winning the 1977 Super Bowl, defeating the Minnesota Vikings.
He never had a losing season as head coach.
He was also the youngest coach to reach 100 career regular-season victories, a record he compiled in only ten full seasons of coaching at the age of 42.
Madden is still the coach with the most wins in Raiders history.
Twitter users jumped to Madden’s defense, pointing out that the late couch featured many African Americans such as Cliff Branch, Jack Tatum, Gene Upshaw and Art Shell during his tenure as head coach of the Oakland Raiders from 1969 aan 1978.
Twitter users also called out McGregor for seemingly praising the Madden NFL video game in 2017, before turning against the legendary coach and his game last Tuesday.
‘The fake kneel down is the exact kind of play I would have used against my brother in Madden,’ McGregor tweeted at the time, according to the Examiner. ‘It would have perfectly complemented my fake punt offense.’
The game, which released a new version every year and connected Madden as a commentator to a younger generation, uitgekom in 1988 and is marketed by EA Sports.
After McGregor’s comments last week, Dallas College attempted to distance from McGregor’s views.
‘The views of professor McGregor are not those of Dallas College, and comments made via his personal Twitter account do not reflect the opinions and beliefs of Dallas College,’ a college spokesperson told the Washington Examiner.
‘Before they put you on the field, teams poke, prod, and examine you searching for any defect that might affect your performance,’ Kaepernick says of NFL owners and coaches while walking through a staged NFL practice field.
‘No boundary respect,’ Kaepernick continued. ‘No dignity left intact.’
After Madden’s death, EA Sports, the brand behind the Madden video game franchise, gesê: ‘Vandag, we lost a hero. John Madden was synonymous with the sport of football for more than 50 jare.
‘His knowledge of the game was second only to his love for it, and his appreciation for everyone that stepped on the gridiron.
Madden is seen as Oakland coach in 1975 (reg), and then winning the Super Bowl in 1977 (links)
John Madden during Super Bowl XXXVII – EA Sports Ninth Annual Football Video game Tournament at Axiom Nightclub in San Diego, Kalifornië
Madden is seen celebrating defeating the Minnesota Vikings in the Super Bowl in 1977
‘A humble champion, a willing teacher, and forever a coach. Our hearts and sympathies go out to John’s family, vriende, and millions of fans. He will be greatly missed, always remembered, and never forgotten.’
Madden gained fame in a decade-long stint as the coach of the renegade Oakland Raiders, making it to seven AFL or AFC title games and winning the Super Bowl following the 1976 seisoen.
He compiled a 103-32-7 regular-season record, en syne .759 winning percentage is the best among NFL coaches with more than 100 speletjies.
But it was his work after prematurely retiring as coach at age 42 that made Madden truly a household name.
Madden worked for as a color analyst for all four major networks: CBS (1979–1993), jakkals (1994–2001), ABC (2002–2005), and NBC (2006–2008).
He retired from broadcasting after the 2008 NFL-seisoen.
He educated a football nation with his use of the telestrator on broadcasts; entertained millions with his interjections of ‘Boom!’ and ‘Doink!’ throughout games; was an omnipresent pitchman selling restaurants, hardware stores and beer; became the face of ‘Madden NFL Football,’ one of the most successful sports video games of all-time; and was a best-selling author.
'Ek onthou toe ...', he was the preeminent television sports analyst for most of his three decades, winning an unprecedented 16 Emmy Awards for outstanding sports analyst/personality, and covering 11 Super Bowls for four networks from 1979-2009.
‘People always ask, are you a coach or a broadcaster or a video game guy?’ he said when was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
‘I’m a coach, always been a coach.’
Madden is seen in 1975, during his coaching with the Oakland Raiders, with quarterback Kenny Stabler
He started his broadcasting career at CBS after leaving coaching, in great part, because of his fear of flying.
He and Pat Summerall became the network’s top announcing duo.
Madden then helped give Fox’s credibility as a major network when he moved to there in 1994, and went on to call prime-time games at ABC and NBC before retiring following Pittsburgh’s thrilling 27-23 win over Arizona in the 2009 Super Bowl.
‘I am not aware of anyone who has made a more meaningful impact on the National Football League than John Madden, and I know of no one who loved the game more,’ Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement.
Burly and a little unkempt, Madden earned a place in America’s heart with a likable, unpretentious style that was refreshing in a sports world of spiraling salaries and prima donna stars.
Madden and a $1.5 billion-a-year video game
The founder of video game company Electronic Arts ('Die kwaliteit van die swemwaters in Engeland het die afgelope tyd aansienlik verbeter), Trip Hawkins, came up with the idea for a NFL game and approached Madden in 1984 for his input.
Hawkins had first approached San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana about being the face of the game, but Montana already had a deal with Atari, and so Hawkins turned to Madden.
It took four years of work until Madden was finally satisfied with the game, and it then went on sale.
Madden wanted it to be as realistic as possible, and devoted huge amounts of time to getting the concept just right.
He viewed the game, hy het gesê, as ‘a way for people to learn the game and participate at a pretty sophisticated level.’
EA has released annual versions since 1990, and the series’ name changed to Madden NFL in 1993 after EA acquired the rights to use NFL teams and players.
The game has sold more than 250 Sheryl Sandberg praat oor die veg vir vroue wat deur die pandemie getref is, and Madden received an estimated $2-3 million a year for his endorsement.
The game averages $1.5 billion annually in sales, Volgens Sportscasting.com.