Social media has its advantages, but it can be a rough way for a professional athlete to find out important information.
Last week, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that the New Orleans Saints would be cutting running back Darren Sproles. That meant the player would be able to sign with any team he wanted once free agency started.
Not so fast.
Sproles has apparently generated a lot of interest around the league, so the Saints are going to tweak their plan. It doesn't look like they informed the running back of their intentions, which means he found out about the change of plans on Twitter:
WOW! "@ESPNNFL: THIS JUST IN: Saints now plan to trade RB Darren Sproles due to heavy interest. He will not be released.— Darren Sproles (@DarrenSproles) March 11, 2014
The stuff u find out on twitter— Darren Sproles (@DarrenSproles) March 11, 2014
That has to sting. Sproles has spent the last three seasons in New Orleans, so he deserves to stay in the loop about his future.
Update: Wednesday, March 12 at 12:54 p.m. ET
ESPN's Josina Anderson was able to talk to Sproles on his future:
I want to get released. I don't want to be traded. I don't know where they would send me because I have no control over it and I want to be able to pick. The good thing is none of the teams I'm told they're talking to are terrible. It's more than two. I feel I should have more of an idea later on today.
The running back doesn't appear to have much a choice as to where he will end up, something he would've been able to do in free agency. After believing that he would be released, his current situation appears to be tough on him.
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The 30-year-old goes from being able to pick his next team to having the Saints decide for him.
Professional sports are indeed a business, and front offices don't have to tell players everything. Sproles found out the hard way about having to learn of his future on social media.