EA Sports standing by cover star Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney is at the centre of a tabloid frenzy. The English footballer has been accused of having a series of illicit encounters with a prostitute while his wife Coleen was at home carrying his unborn child. It’s the sort of scandalous behaviour that would trouble associate companies, but EA Sports have publicly backed their FIFA 11 cover star.
The accusations were printed in The Sunday Mirror, with the £1,000 a night prostitute, Jennifer Thompson, 21, claiming to have slept with the England star seven times over four months, in what are described as “anything goes” sex sessions.
The claims aren’t enough to trouble EA Sports, who have publicly supported the footballer:
“There are no changes planned. This is a personal matter and we respect Wayne and his family’s privacy. We have worked together for six years and Wayne continues to represent EA Sports. We will be making no further comment at this time.”
It’s the only decision EA Sports could have made because they backed their other “troubled” sports star, Tiger Woods back in December 2009. It was sensationally revealed that Woods had a (very long) string of affairs with other women over a continued period. Despite the huge bashing Woods took in the media, EA Sports stood by their man and to do otherwise with Rooney would be hypocritical.
In the end it comes down to money. That EA Sports have stood by their stars is a sign that they don’t foresee the controversy having a negative effect on game sales. Let’s face it, would your average gamer deny themselves a top game just because it had a controversial face on the case? The strong sales for Tiger Woods suggests they don’t really care.