In the world of business and relationships everyone knows its rude to break up over text, but apparently assistant GM for the Toronto Argonauts Spencer Zimmerman didn’t get the memo. Ex-Argo’s defensive end Ricky Foley was let go via a text message he received from Zimmerman earlier today.
“Released via text message by the assistant GM smh… Way to keep it classy #Argos,” Foley tweeted this afternoon after receiving the text.
Foley, who stands 6’3” and weighs 243 pounds, has 60 career sacks and three Grey Cup rings. He has been in the CFL since 2006, originally signing to the BC Lions where he played from 2006-2009. He joined the Argonauts from 2010-2012, played with the Saskatchewan Roughriders from 2013-2014, and finally ended up back with the Argos from 2015 up until earlier today.
The Toronto Sun reported that one of its sources had informed them Foley was under evaluation for a while, and they were looking at how much he can put out and if the dollars make sense. So, it was no surprise that this was coming because he only managed four sacks in 14 games last season and was dealing with a foot injury.
“If you don’t believe in me, you’re dead to me… I’ll ALWAYS bet on my own work ethic, faith & determination before another’s opinion of me,” Foley tweeted on Thursday after being asked to take another pay cut.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time an athlete being cut via text message has made the news. In 2013, golfer Jim Furyk found out that he would not be competing in the Presidents Cup American team after he received a text message.
“I’m not really a ‘slight’ guy. I’m not into bulletin-board material or whatever. I push myself hard and I expect a lot out of myself. I don’t think I’ll push myself any harder the next time,” the classy Furyk said to Fox Sports after receiving the news that team captain Fred Couples hadn’t picked him.
This was Furyk’s first time not competing in the Cup since 1996, instead he was informed his spot was filled by Webb Simpson and Jordan Spieth, who was a rookie at the time.
“I’m disappointed. I’m sure Dustin Johnson is disappointed and Bubba (Watson) is disappointed. Webb and Jordan, I think they’re good picks and they’re going to be excited. You’ve got to say ‘yes’ to somebody and ‘no’ to somebody,” said Furyk.
In the world of business, it is best to treat the employees you’re about to let go of with the most respect possible so you can ensure those who are remaining will feel more comfortable. It should always be done face to face and never over text or e-mail.
“They should be told in a respectful manner, behind closed doors. Allow them to take the news and figure out what they’re going to do with it before they have to face their co-workers.” Said Michael Canavan, a labor and employment attorney.
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