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Trent Richardson learned of trade to Colts on the radio

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The last thing Trent Richardson had to be expecting on Wednesday was that he was no longer going to be a part of the Cleveland Browns future plans. Richardson was the third overall pick in the draft just a season ago and he was just two games into his sophomore season with the team. It had to be even more difficult to take when he learned of his trade to the Indianapolis Colts – not from the Browns, Colts or his agent – but from turning on the radio.

According to Mark Schwab of CBS-19 and 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland, Richardson said a friend called him asking if he’d been traded. He told his friend to “shut up” and hung up the phone, but when he turned on his radio he learned that he had, in fact, been dealt to the Colts.

Information moves fast in this day and age but it seems a little callous for Richardson to have to find out about the trade in such a fashion. Colts owner Jim Irsay had been going crazy on Twitter over the acquisition for nearly an hour before the team announced the trade. It seems as though someone from the Browns could have relayed the team’s plans on to Richardson before the deal became public.

It would have come as a shock to Richardson either way that the team that had selected him just one year ago was already moving on but it still would have been better to hear the news from someone representing the teams involved in the deal first than from the radio.

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51 Responses to “Trent Richardson learned of trade to Colts on the radio”
  1. offthelows says: Sep 19, 2013 12:10 AM

    Not very classy by the Browns, hardly a shock given their dysfunction. It could be Irsay threw off the timing, but when you’re dealing with the Colts, you know they have a big mouth owner so you may have to relay the information quicker than originally anticipated.

  2. luck4president says: Sep 19, 2013 12:11 AM

    Now we officially have the 2 best guys out of the top 3 players drafted in 2012! Cleveland we love you!

  3. greej1938l says: Sep 19, 2013 12:13 AM

    if youre a browns fan….this has to be sickening!

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 19, 2013 12:15 AM

    It pays to listen to the radio. Avoid traffic jams, dress properly for the coming weather, find out who you’re working for tomorrow and what city you need to be in…..

  5. jsally430 says: Sep 19, 2013 12:20 AM

    poor poor poor browns fans

  6. cincy85 says: Sep 19, 2013 12:20 AM

    Shoot I bet he’s jumping for joy lol can’t say I blame him

  7. 2ndaryinsanity says: Sep 19, 2013 12:45 AM

    Damn, that’s cold! Classy move. Guess it shouldn’t be a surprise-look at their criminal…oops! I mean classy owner.

  8. footballchic777 says: Sep 19, 2013 12:45 AM

    T-Rich is better off, heading towards a ring opportunity, but how low of Cleveland to not even have the decency to let him know! Lombardi, Banner, and Chud are all duplicitous fools.

  9. soforizo says: Sep 19, 2013 12:46 AM

    Sick! Not a surprise, considering it’s the Browns.

  10. nflcrimerankingscom says: Sep 19, 2013 12:53 AM

    Factory of Classiness

  11. doe22us says: Sep 19, 2013 1:02 AM

    Probably bad blood between Richardson and the Browns management, all this while i felt te agent should have relayed the message, probably agent was as blindsided as he was.

  12. peopletrains says: Sep 19, 2013 1:03 AM

    Stay classy, Cleveland!

  13. blackfootkiller says: Sep 19, 2013 1:04 AM

    ‘Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!’

  14. commonsensedude says: Sep 19, 2013 1:07 AM

    The opposite of classy.

  15. coltzfan166 says: Sep 19, 2013 1:17 AM

    Not just the Browns fans, but I bet the players and coaches are equally as pissed. Seriously, Richardson was their best player. And of course Brandon Weeden probably already feels like he’s gone after this year.

  16. chibears5 says: Sep 19, 2013 2:05 AM

    The press conference that Browns CEO J. Banner and Chudz held was something though. Reporters could barely wait to get out insulting questions. My favorite was “What do you have to say to the fans out there who assumed a Richardson jersey was the safest player on the entire team that they could have purchased?” It was brutal and well deserved.

  17. blkeskimo1785 says: Sep 19, 2013 2:55 AM

    Is anybody really surprised at the clandestine nature of the Browns’ franchise?

  18. devidisi says: Sep 19, 2013 3:22 AM

    That was a touch of “Lombardi class”.

  19. fdugrad says: Sep 19, 2013 4:04 AM

    There is classless, and then, we have The Browns!

  20. yankeepunk3000 says: Sep 19, 2013 4:35 AM

    probally best news he ever heard on the radio

  21. oldcracker says: Sep 19, 2013 4:47 AM

    Stay classy, Browns!

  22. jamesfield74 says: Sep 19, 2013 5:48 AM

    Stay Classy San Diego…

  23. AD2K5 says: Sep 19, 2013 6:01 AM

    Well, buck up Trent, your career prospects just improved about tenfold.

  24. p31squared says: Sep 19, 2013 6:21 AM

    Stay classy, Cleveland.

  25. berniesboys says: Sep 19, 2013 6:26 AM

    I’m not sentimental, but this kid played hurt for an entire season, and seemed to have done everything else the right way while in Cleveland. There’s a right way to treat people whether it’s a business environment or not. Banner reminds me of that dude from Billy Madison…”Business Ethics”.

  26. jimmysee says: Sep 19, 2013 6:28 AM

    Tactless, thoughtless. Browns lose respect for that one.

  27. wingslax35 says: Sep 19, 2013 6:30 AM

    Joe Banner runs that team now. I expect nothing less. He’s yours now Cleveland.

  28. therealtrenches says: Sep 19, 2013 6:40 AM

    Classic Joe Banner move.

  29. seanb20124 says: Sep 19, 2013 6:51 AM

    TR was traded for Teddy Bridgewater

  30. sean222 says: Sep 19, 2013 6:54 AM

    There is always a BIG off the field reason why stars get traded. The Browns claim they tried multiple times to contact him before they announced but he never answered. He has been unimpressive thus far and hopefully he gets a better shot in Indy. The bruising running back is a thing of the past and last years staff has gone by the wayside. If the Trent doesn’t fit, you must-a-quit.

  31. brownspower says: Sep 19, 2013 6:58 AM

    Sad if true. Not the way to do things professionally, but then again…

  32. christophershearin says: Sep 19, 2013 6:58 AM

    is there a class action suit Brown’s fans can file against the team and Haslam? for not operating the franchise in good faith. this is absurd to start tanking the season after week 2

  33. 69finfan says: Sep 19, 2013 7:00 AM

    Factory of sadness strikes again.

  34. raiderufan says: Sep 19, 2013 7:13 AM

    Dude….I’d bet T-Rich is already knee deep in the playbook and out for blood.

    That’s just a crappy way to treat people. He’s only been in Cleveland a little over a year, was the #3 for a rebuilding franchise…I mean he had to have started setting roots. Probably bought a home. Just a low class way to treat a young man who clearly thought he was part of the plans for the long term in that town.

    Hopefully he’s excited by the oppo to leave the factory and get to an offense with real a real QB and legit recievers….I know my fantasy team is PUMPED!

  35. ddogdaddy says: Sep 19, 2013 7:16 AM

    Welcome to Indy #33. Well maybe not #33 any more. Vic Ballard is #33 here so how about #24 or #42? They both equal 6 when you add the 2 digits together. Either way, welcome to Indy.

  36. titansbro says: Sep 19, 2013 7:17 AM

    He shouldn’t be upset, he should be thankful to leave the Browns & go to a team with a legit franchise QB.

  37. beckzhere says: Sep 19, 2013 7:17 AM

    Classless move by the organization. However, I’m sure Trent is glad that he actually has a shot now to play in the playoffs.

  38. jm91rs says: Sep 19, 2013 7:20 AM

    If I’m Trent Richardson I don’t care how I found out, I’m just celebrating all day. Finally out of the mistake on the lake!

  39. Erik says: Sep 19, 2013 7:31 AM

    Unprofessional on Irsay’s part. Browns didn’t even have a chance to reach him before sprung to Twitter.

  40. 23chameleons says: Sep 19, 2013 7:47 AM

    Classless In Cleveland

  41. exboomer says: Sep 19, 2013 7:54 AM

    This is an indication that some owners view players as assets and not human beings with feelings. A VERY classless move by the Browns IMO.

  42. richiebburg says: Sep 19, 2013 8:13 AM

    The Colts need to target Justin Blackmon next and own picks 1,3,5 of the 2012 draft..

  43. jlinatl says: Sep 19, 2013 8:14 AM

    Banner wasn’t known for being warm and fuzzy during his time in Philly.

    Should have been handled better but not really surprising.

  44. t8ertot says: Sep 19, 2013 8:23 AM

    When he found out he was traded to a better team, he was overcome with joy

  45. ytownjoe says: Sep 19, 2013 8:25 AM

    Lombardi ain’t sayin nothin to nobody. If it goes wring, it’s Joe Banner’s fault.

    Poor Jimmy Haslem. He has no idea what his executives are doing but he wants $120 million from Cleveland taxpayers for stadium enhancements. Good luck with that.

  46. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Sep 19, 2013 8:32 AM

    cleveland will learn, as did philly, that joe banner isn’t exactly warm and fuzzy. he and his team have always been good at winning the draft pick game. nobody ever attaches classy as an adjective to describe joe.

    unfortunately, in philly many of those allegedly brilliant draft moves turned into kevin kolb and reggie brown and freddy mitchell.

  47. feauxley says: Sep 19, 2013 8:41 AM

    I’m just shocked that people still listen to the radio.

  48. machine64red2 says: Sep 19, 2013 8:58 AM

    Tough day for a season ticket holder, but long term success is what we all want. Going to be a painful 14 weeks…. Probably part of the reason Haslam got rid of PSL’s this year….. He didn’t want fans asking for a rebate errrrrr I mean refund!

  49. whitdog23 says: Sep 19, 2013 9:01 AM

    surprised he turned down the music to hear a phone call and listen to talk radio

  50. thesteelskirt says: Sep 19, 2013 11:51 AM

    Wow, way to just dump a season going into week 3. Richardson gone and no genuine starting QB.

  51. stealthscorpio says: Sep 19, 2013 2:50 PM

    Turds are also Brown…coincidence? I think not!

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