Tuesday reports surfaced from Michael Silver of Yahoo.com of Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland asking Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant if his mother was a prostitute in a predraft interview.
Dez Bryant's slide down to the Cowboys by now has been well documented and had a lot to do with Bryant's background coming into the draft. Jeff Ireland felt it necessary to ask the young man about his mother, Angela, who went to prison for selling crack cocaine and abused marijuana, PCP and cocaine.
“No, my mom is not a prostitute,” said Bryant, whose background came under a great deal of scrutiny before the draft.
Now I understand that this is just one question in a litany of questions that were probably posed to Bryant. And I'm sure all of those questions were not easy to answer. Furthermore, you would have to be a fool if you are preparing to fork over million of dollars to a college kid who has had a history of outbursts and immaturity and not ask some hard questions.
And once you are sitting down with the young man, I also understand it falls upon your shoulders to ask those questions to ensure that not only your job, but the jobs of every person under you in the organization, the organization itself, and the fans are taken care of. And in order to get to the core of the individual, would it be unreasonable to follow the guidance of your mentor Bill Parcells?
But this display of arrogance and lack of class is just not acceptable. It shouldn't be acceptable to Dolphin fans, and it shouldn't be acceptable to NFL fans whose corporate "shield" is held in such high regard.
"My job is to find out as much information as possible about a player that I'm considering drafting," Ireland said in a statement. "Sometimes that leads to asking in-depth questions."
Are you sure these guys signed Brandon Marshall?
“I got mad, really really mad but I didn’t show it.” replied Bryant.
There will be some of you who will staunchly defend the GM's right to control and dictate whom his franchise drafts and his tactics no matter how despicable. And I am sure for every person who says that this type of conduct isn't acceptable for anyone let alone a GM from a institution such as the NFL, there will be someone who says that these tactics are acceptable given the circumstances.
And there might be even more that retort that tactics such as these highlight the organizations ability to analyze and determine the emotional makeup and character of the said individual.
If you are one of these types of individuals, you are wrong. Not only are Ireland's actions unacceptable, but not ethical, not respectful, and above all shows his true colors as a guy with no shred of class or respect for others.
NFL executives and personnel should be held with the same regard, same expectations, and share the same consequences as our favorite players. If Roger Goodell truly cares about protecting the brand, protecting the shield, and the copious amounts of revenue that the brand generates, then this standard cannot be relegated to just the athletes.
These college kids are people too, and despite the fact they are essentially applying for a job that does not give anyone the right to attack them in this manner. People who oppose their rights or the fact they deserve respect because '"hey are paid millions" are nothing short of socialized robots who will stop at nothing to spit out excuses for ego maniacs such as Ireland.
Jeff Ireland recently called Dez Bryant directly to apologize about the situation and the question itself.
"I talked to Dez Bryant and told him I used poor judgment in one of the questions I asked him. I certainly meant no disrespect and apologized to him.
Used poor judgment in one of the questions you asked him? Is that the best you have?
Using poor judgement would be asking Gerald McCoy if he played in a G-string or jock strap, or asking Toby Gerhart if being a white running back makes him feel entitled.
Asking the kid if his mom is a crackwhore is just plain stupid, classless, and makes one question the ground he stands on both ethically and morally.
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