When the Saskatchewan Roughriders cut wideout Duron Carter, they used their version of the “Friday news dump.”
It’s a political thing that regularly happens late on Friday afternoons, when government offices send out bad news. Something like replacing a high-profile minister or shutting down a department or cutting budgets. A press release announcing the bad news will be distributed, with the hope that reporters either don’t see the announcement or the reporters are so eager about the upcoming weekend that they don’t pursue the story very thoroughly. Of course, nobody in authority will be available for comment until after the weekend when the story is hopefully fading.
The Roughriders’ announcement came Saturday night. It happened while a CFL game was being televised, mere moments after Carter suggested on Twitter he had been cut. Social media went crazy. Of course, nobody was immediately available for comment, but to the Riders’ credit, they made general manager/head coach Chris Jones available to the media Sunday morning. Although Jones didn’t provide many answers, the story hasn’t faded yet. It must be a big story.