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  • NFL GM Apologizes For Pre-Draft Prostitute Query
    Apr. 27, 2010

    Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland issued a public apology to Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant today in response to Bryant’s recent revelation that a “high-level executive” from an NFL team asked him during a pre-draft interview if his mother was a prostitute.

    With his statement today, Ireland confirmed that he was the one who asked the question. Bryant was posed the query during an April 1-2 visit with the Dolphins as part of a two week trip in which the former Oklahoma State receiver reportedly visited 11 teams before the NFL Draft.
    Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports broke the news of the question last week:

    The media criticism has been frustrating, but some of the probing from prospective employers has been downright offensive to Bryant. During one visit, the receiver sat in the office of a franchise’s high-level executive and was asked a shocking question.

    “They asked me if my mom’s a prostitute,” Bryant says, an account that was confirmed by Wells, who attended the meeting. “No, my mom is not a prostitute. I got mad – really mad – but I didn’t show it. I got a lot of questions like that: Does she still do drugs? I sat and answered all of them.”

    Bryant’s mother, Angela, had him when she was 15 and conceived his younger sister and brother within the next three years. She reportedly sold drugs, and she served a prison term during Dez’s childhood; at various times he lived with relatives and family friends. Dez and Angela are very close, and she will be with him at Wells’ house for a festive draft party Thursday evening.

    Ireland apology as part of a statement released by the Dolphins today:

    “My job is to find out as much information as possible about a player that I’m considering drafting. Sometimes that leads to asking in-depth questions. Having said that, 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.”

    Ireland also received permission from the Cowboys front office to speak with Bryant personally on Tuesday.

    So why did it take Ireland a week to apologize? Earlier Tuesday Silver, who wrote the original piece in which Bryant revealed the question but not the questioner, outed Ireland as the man who posed the personal query to the wide receiver.

    That doesn’t answer though why Ireland’s apology today didn’t include a conversation with Bryant’s mother, Angela.

    Another good question, something Ireland apparently is short of these days.

  • #2
    Re: NFL GM Apologizes For Pre-Draft Prostitute Query

    That just seems...bizarre. Bryant seemed to be treated pretty unfairly through all of pre draft process, and I hope he comes out of it on top.


    • #3
      Re: NFL GM Apologizes For Pre-Draft Prostitute Query

      weird and borderline creepy..what a disgrace.

      respect to Bryant for not making the news story.."1st round draft prospect kills Dolphins GM during interview"..


      • #4
        Re: NFL GM Apologizes For Pre-Draft Prostitute Query

        If it'd been Blount who had been asked that question, I bet Ireland would be nursing two black eyes when he showed up at Radio City Music Hall. I'm sure it was an honest question, but seriously, that's his mother you're talking about, dude!


        • #5
          Re: NFL GM Apologizes For Pre-Draft Prostitute Query

          Originally posted by Ramblin` Ram View Post
          "1st round draft prospect kills Dolphins GM during interview"
          Which would be the headline if I was Dez. Massive amount of respect for not punching Ireland.


          • #6
            Re: NFL GM Apologizes For Pre-Draft Prostitute Query

            Apparently, Ireland also asked Tim Tebow if his mom is a virgin.


            • #7
              Re: NFL GM Apologizes For Pre-Draft Prostitute Query

              And now, the rest of the story:

              Jim Trotter

              Even in the no-holds-barred world of the NFL, where a head coach can get a free pass after using the female pronoun her to describe a male player, Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland took a moon leap out of bounds when he asked Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant during a pre-draft interview if the player's mother used to be a prostitute.

              Or did he?

              Two sources familiar with the situation contend that Ireland's question was nothing more than the logical follow-up to comments Bryant had made about his family. According to the sources, Ireland began the meeting by asking Bryant, 21, about his upbringing and his relationship with his siblings. Then he asked what Bryant's father did for a living when Bryant was growing up. The following exchange allegedly ensued:

              "My dad was a pimp."

              "What did your mom do [for a living]?"

              "She worked for my dad."

              "Your mom was a prostitute?"

              "No, she wasn't a prostitute."

              Ireland apologized Tuesday for asking what has been described as a classless, offensive and potentially illegal question. But if the incident went down as described by two members of the Dolphins organization, Bryant should be the next to repent because there was no need for this story to go from a controlled burn to a raging wildfire.

              Ireland simply connected the dots given to him by Bryant. Could he have been more tactful with his question? Absolutely. He could have gotten around the controversy by asking: What type of work did your mother do for your father? But Bryant also could have been clearer with his message. The anger and outrage he expressed to Yahoo! Sports over the incident has as much to do with the word picture he painted as it does with Ireland's conclusion.

              Bryant could not be reached for comment, and his agent, Eugene Parker, did not return a phone message. As for the Dolphins, majority owner Stephen Ross said he will investigate Ireland's handling of the interview process. But you can best believe that if it had gone down the way Bryant has led some to believe, get-tough commissioner Roger Goodell would be out front protecting the integrity of the shield. Instead, his office has said the Dolphins are handling the matter.

              "Jeff Ireland is a classy, classy kid," said one GM, speaking on the condition his name not be used. "Do I think he made a mistake asking that question? Yeah. Even if I knew it was true, I could never ask a kid that. But I have to tell you that the story going hard around the Combine -- and everybody heard it whether it was true or not -- was that his mother was a prostitute and his father was her pimp. That doesn't make it right, but that stuff was out there."

              Teams spend hundreds of thousands of dollars each year on background checks on prospective draft choices, particularly those who could go high in the first round. Bryant was red-flagged by multiple teams because of what they described as a "shaky" family situation -- his mother, Angela, served 18 months for selling crack cocaine -- his anger issues as a youngster and his habitual tardiness. He also was suspended by the NCAA for all but three games last season for lying about his relationship with former NFL great Deion Sanders.

              Did Ireland know about Bryant's background before he asked the question about Bryant's mother? He should have. If he didn't, he or the team's private investigators and college scouts should be dismissed immediately. So why even go there? Some believe he may have wanted to see whether Bryant would answer honestly. Or perhaps he wanted to gauge the player's reaction to an incendiary question. Only Ireland and the Dolphins know, and the GM couldn't be reached for comment.

              One thing that cannot be disputed, however, is that Ireland was hired by Bill Parcells, a man who was notorious for pushing players' buttons during his 19-year head-coaching career. While with the Patriots he went so far as to refer to wideout Terry Glenn as "she" during a media session. It would be foolish to think that Parcells had no input in the line of questioning. As another GM pointed out, teams generally go over their questions before bringing in a prospect to make sure they're on the same page.

              "This kid may have led the league in [pre-draft] visits," one GM said of Bryant. "He was pounded by clubs. But I haven't heard about anybody else asking the type of question about the mother that the Dolphins did, so that tells you that no one else felt comfortable about going that road. You hear about all types of crazy questions being asked, but this is really the first time where there was something as insensitive as this. I'm sure Jeff wasn't the only one in the room. I wish somebody else had said, 'You know what? We don't need to go there.' "

              But what if Bryant took them there? I would have connected the dots in the same way that Ireland did based on what Bryant allegedly said. Bottom line: There's a major difference between asking a logical follow-up and knowingly wrapping an insensitive and incendiary accusation in the form of a question. Ireland, I believe, asked a logical follow-up question that was coated with neither malice nor prejudice.
              What an insensitive jerk, his mom was clearly his accountant....yeah right.


              • #8
                Re: NFL GM Apologizes For Pre-Draft Prostitute Query

                so as the article states..the two sources that have come out to defend the Dolphins GM are part of the Dolphins organization organization that has come under fire from the media and fans alike..

                i guess we`ll never know which story is the truth....seems funny though that the Dolphins GM would publicly apologize rather than give his side of the story, if innocent...only for it to later come out by two un-named sources within the Dolphins organization that he was innocent all along..but there ya go...
                Micheal Jackson paid a million dollars to the family of one of the boys he alledgedly abused and then tried to make people believe he was who knows.


                • #9
                  Re: NFL GM Apologizes For Pre-Draft Prostitute Query

                  Not that I really care about the Dolphines, but if I was a team playing against them, I'd use the inncident to put a "chip" on my players to use against the Dolphines


                  • #10
                    Re: NFL GM Apologizes For Pre-Draft Prostitute Query

                    It's all about context and until we know exactly how it was presented, we'll never know. It certainly seems like a bizarre question to just randomly put on the table. I'd be more concerned (for Bryant) if Ireland had a history of offensive questioning(s) and/or other mishaps.
                    Always and Forever a fan of the St. Louis Rams