There were serious concerns for Wayne Roberts when a photograph of him circulated on Twitter, placing his whereabouts in question.
Football journalists from other media then tried to track the player down to help him.
However it turned out that Roberts is currently healthy and safe.
He is actually working as a carpenter in Cape Town and is also keeping fit by playing amateur football in an over-35's league.
This may confirm that Roberts is indeed on the road to recovery since he was reportedly in trouble back in the year 2009 when at Santos.
Santos COO Edries Burton revealed the following to Kickoff.Com back then.
“Wayne is back at training but we have tried to keep it under wraps because we wanted it to stay within the club. He has been to rehabilitation as a way of assisting him. He spent the better part of the off-season in rehab having started the programme at the end of last season,” said Burton at the time.
Asked about the contractual issues around Roberts, Burton was quick to respond: “Wayne has always had a contract with the club so there is nothing new that we have had to negotiate with him. We sent him to rehab while under contract.”
Roberts enjoyed his best run of form under Roger De Sa while at Bidvest Wits a few seasons before that, where he played 138 matches helping Wits move up the table at the time.
Here's how the latest story developed on Friday.
Herewith a statement regarding my deleted tweet of former South African junior international goalkeeper Wayne Roberts.— Chad Klate (@CKlatey) February 9, 2018
Thank you to @brentcarelse for assisting me in getting hold of him. pic.twitter.com/Dmz0jSGUQJ
Not necessary to post this!!— Stanton Fredericks (@stiga_f) February 9, 2018
We all have our own opinions, I respect ur opinion BUT wait till it happens to you or someone close to u. It’s not easy living ur life in the spotlight. When ur kids or family are exposed to this how..does it affect them. ANYWAY.. μαλακιας!!!! For posting this..— Stanton Fredericks (@stiga_f) February 9, 2018
I believe so, Rob. I’m trying to find a contact close to him. Perhaps your scorpions could help.— Chad Klate (@CKlatey) February 8, 2018
Thanx Chad, I've got the Scorpions already working on it... He needs our help 4 sure.— robertmarawa (@robertmarawa) February 8, 2018
I completely get where you’re coming from Stigs, but you have to appreciate that there’s been more concern than judgement here. Family and kids are affected by our own choices, rather than what’s being said. We are not defined by our mistakes, but in how we pick ourselves up.— Chad Klate (@CKlatey) February 9, 2018
Very sad. Safa please help him by placing him on drug rehabilation programme. That is the noble thing you can do #Dannyjordaan— Joe Maswanganyi (@JoePiesang) February 8, 2018
It saddens me that ANY broadcaster/social media house/Blogger/Vlogger would post this below! Check your sources and there is something called common sense! 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾I played against Wayne in October last year in a Cup semi-final and he was as fit and healthy as ever! pic.twitter.com/n6GWBdqCOo— Gershawn Coetzee © (@gershawncoetzee) February 9, 2018