My point was more that the media these days tends to manipulate everything that is told to them, edited, chopped up in post production to create a stir, and it's all to make money, not report the piece of news. Newspapers used to have a section call OP-ED where a writer could write their opinion on something, and it was segregated from the rest of the paper for just that reason, it was an opinion and not the news facts.
The Rivera quote is misleading because while he said that, he also said the team was evaluating and he didn't know if Smith could not be on the team.
Now every "reporter" and I use that term VERY loosely, gets a quote and injects their own narrative into the story so it goes the direction they want it to. Look at the current situation as a prime example;
"Reporters" ask Gettleman about Steve Smith's status on the team. Gettleman says everyone is being evaluated and it's a part of the process. The "reporters", being the shitbags they are, keep prodding and prodding asking so does that mean Steve Smith might not be on the Panthers roster next year? Gettleman reiterates everyone is being evaluated and is a part of the process. So what happens next? Local sports writers and sports radio guys and bloggers (like ESPN's David Newton, who I do actually like as a blogger) take those quotes to churn out a few days worth of site clicks and talking points, could steve smith be cut from the Panthers? The sports world takes the bait and turns it into a discussion for days, problem being, the base material for that discussion was somewhat manipulated in the beginning to be made into pseudo-fact based discussion.
What happens after that you ask? Well I'll tell you.
The player in question has friends, family, and acquaintances that all listen to this discussion, maybe even chiming in themselves from time to time. They then text the athlete in question (Steve Smith in this case) and say dude is it true you might get cut from the Panthers? Blindsided, Smith goes on the air with some radio jackoff to voice his displeasure with not being told about his status on the team, when in reality, it may not have ever been an issue to begin with. Now the team must scramble to call the player and make amends to a situation that was conjured up out of thin air, and it makes it, in my sole opinion, more difficult to talk about things like contract restructures or pay cuts for the good of the team when people are pissed. Then if Smitty does restructure, the media turns it into a Smitty restructured or he would have been cut scenario to start the whole process over again.
This is why you should never, ever, ever say anything in the media more than you are contractually obligated to do. They will never help you. They will flip it for page hits. I know this was a long winded rant and I apologize, but teams PR teams should be explaining this ad nauseum to anybody that is ever put in front of a microphone. Players, coaches, GM's, even owners.
It's amazing how you can play that telephone game as a child where you sit in a circle and whisper a sentence into the persons ear next to you and see how it sounds when it comes all the way back around and not learn a single lesson from it.