fleet wrote:Doug, it sounds like you are guessing based on your personal experiences, not on pro sports, which is decidedly unsimilar to any situation in life.
I would hardly call my experiences personal in terms of when you terminate a relationship with someone you do so in a way that is as personal as possible. I would imagine that most people on this forum would have a similar societal take on such things as experienced by any time there is a job loss or breakup in a relationship. There are just commonly accepted principles here for how you handle termination of a relationship whether it be business or personal.
I rank this similarly to seeing someone fail to return a shopping cart. I briefly think, wow, that dude's a jerk, then don't think about it again. This was a basic lack of professional conduct based on the information I have seen. Though I will say again, if Eversley called him and AK followed up with a text then Sato or the author is deliberately misrepresenting the situation and I would view it differently.
For all you know it happens all the time to the lower half of the roster if not more often. In fact, the only situation we currently know of is not according to your projections. So if anything, evidence is to the contrary. I have a vague recollection of a situation where a player found out they had been traded because their agent told them. Gotta believe that happens..based on common sense.
You are conflating two very different things:
1: Did the player hear first from the team. I do not have this expectation.
2: Did the player have a phone or face to face conversation with a team executive. I do have that expectation.
You pointing out that the 1st thing frequently happens is not evidence of the 2nd thing frequently happening. In all of the articles I have heard of relating to the 1st thing, the player also always quotes it as "I heard from twitter before the team" or something like that, not the team just sent me a text and otherwise didn't talk to me at all. I cannot think of any other example of that (though I'm sure there are some, but I would guess they were equally shouted down as unprofessional).