It may not have been intentional, but it was a shot.
Like if MSE were to go to Fiji in September and Opus were doing the GDTs and I were to get into one GDT and type: "Gee, I really wish MSE's wife hadn't taken him to Fiji", well, that would be a shot at Opus.
Richards said he thought it harmful that the Flyers lost Vaananen, Metro, and Upshall. That's a shot at their replacements.
So your saying Richards said publicly that Jones sucks ass in other words? Carle was brought in to replace Jones, Jones took Vaananen's spot on the third pairing.