Somehow I doubt it. Whether a footy club or any sort of business, when dealing with a valuable employee underperforming or with outside work issues, the boss sits down with the employee and has a frank discussion. They don't go sending messages to 3rd parties that so and so needs to pull their head in.Think Melbourne wanted to send him a message to wake up. Little leak to the media about possible trade bait etc.
Politics could be the one exception.