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Aaron Hernandez Update: Ex-NFL star accused of murder dropped from EA Sports video games

In December 2012 file photo, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez reacts during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Mass. State and local police spent hours at the home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on Tuesday June 18, 2013 as another group of officers searched an industrial park about a mile away where a body was discovered the day before. AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File

In December 2012 file photo, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez reacts during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Mass. State and local police spent hours at the home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on Tuesday June 18, 2013 as another group of officers searched an industrial park about a mile away where a body was discovered the day before.
New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez during an NFL game against the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Mass., in December 2012.
AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File
(CBS) BOSTON - Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who's charged with murder, has been removed from this year's versions of EA's popular football video games, NCAA Football '14 and Madden NFL 25, a spokesperson for the video game development company told CBSSports.com on Monday.

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Although a photo of Hernandez is still depicted in one of the games, EA says it will be removed in a future revision.

"Because NCAA Football 14 was finalized prior to our decision, Hernandez's image still appears in the Nike Skills Trainer," a spokesperson for EA Sports told the site. "The image of Hernandez will be removed via a Title Update in the near future."

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Since the 23-year-old football star was arrested and charged with first-degree murder on June 26, he was released from the Patriots and dropped from endorsement deals with sports nutrition company Cytosport and athletic gear brand Puma.

The Patriots also made the decision to pull all Hernandez jerseys and memorabilia from the Patriots ProShop on the day of his arrest. They later announced that the team would be offering a free jersey exchange to any fans looking to get rid of the embattled player's jersey.

According to CBS Boston, thousands of Patriots fans lined up at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. over the weekend to exchange their Hernandez jerseys for a different player.

Hernandez, who has pleaded not guilty to murder and gun charges in the June 17 fatal shooting of Boston semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, is being held without bail in a Massachusetts jail.

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