I still think this was Richardson's decision. I mean he just got on a podium this week crying his eyeballs out over the situation. There's no way Rivera would overrule Richardson if he wanted him out there. Coach is payed to take the fall on this. It's my personal belief that this was Richardson's decision at the last minute.
I disagree I think RR has faith in his team and he did it to protect Mr Richardson who was getting crushed by the media.