New York Giants defensive tackle Marcus Thomas went off on EA Sports for using a picture of a totally different Marcus Thomas in Madden 13.
The guy on the left is Marcus Thomas. The guy on the right is also Marcus Thomas. The guy on the left is in Madden 13; so, too, is the guy on the right. The trouble is that the guy on the left is actually supposed to be in Madden 13 as a member of the New York Giants, while the guy on the right hasn't been signed to an NFL team since 2009 - but it's his photograph that appears in the game.
As you can imagine, the guy on the left isn't too pleased with the situation. "the creators of madden needs to b slapped for putting an imposter pic in place of me that's not me for the last time I don't look like that," he tweeted yesterday. "I been in the nfl going on 6years and y'all still hav another mans face for my pic on madden i hate y'all hate is very strong but I do"
"Madden is disrespectful practice your craft and make it realistic I'm in newyork now help me please someone call madden and tell him lol," he continued, suggesting that he wasn't entirely angry about the situation, before clarifying that he was, but not really. But sort of. "I'm serious but I'm not Naw I'm serious they been try n me for 4 years. How y'all gone hav my pic rookie season and then change it to a completely dif person for ds rest of my career... Man im angry now u right madden is very unprofessional"
His sad plight didn't go unnoticed by his fellow NFLers either, in particular Chad Johnson, the wide receiver formerly known as Ochocinco, who tweeted sympathetically, "That awkward moment when you realize you're not on Madden13 and have to create yourself..."
Thomas eventually decided to take his case directly to the top. "dear mr @EAMaddenNFL i com to you humbly sir. Can u please put the right photo of me on the madden it's been 6years not lol maybe a giggle," he wrote, still apparently not quite able to settle on exactly how he felt about the whole thing. Not that it really mattered: Madden NFL Live Content Producer Donny Moore tweeted an apology and promised to have the picture changed in the next update, and that was enough to make Thomas (on the left, not the right) happy.
"mr madden has slapped and gave me a pacifier and told me to make the team before I start demanding requests lol," he tweeted. "Thanks mr madden I love you"