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Darius Butler, on technology's bleeding edge, learns of new team on twitter

CHICAGO - DECEMBER 12: Darius Butler #28 of the New England Patriots breaks up a pass intended for Devin Hester of the Chicago Bears.
CHICAGO - DECEMBER 12: Darius Butler #28 of the New England Patriots breaks up a pass intended for Devin Hester of the Chicago Bears.

It was a sad day earlier this week when the Patriots cut former UConn DB Darius Butler just before the start of the NFL season, so it must have been a surprise to him when he got on to twitter a few hours later and learned that the Carolina Panthers had claimed him off waivers. From the Charlotte Observer (h/t Deadspin):

"People started tweeting me and started welcoming me" to Carolina, said Butler, a third-year cornerback who was claimed after New England waived him Tuesday. He practiced with the Panthers on Wednesday. 

I think I'm pretty in tune with the speed of the new media age, but still, this is a bit surprising. If the Panthers couldn't have been bothered to pick up a phone and call Butler, maybe his agent should have been on top of that?

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