Just before the draft, we heard the most offensive job interview question we can imagine.
Dez Bryant was asked if his mom was a prostitute.
The wide receiver answered and didn’t show his anger. Since then, Bryant was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. And Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports reveals the man who asked the question used to work for America’s Team — current Dolphins G.M. Jeff Ireland.
We agree with Silver and the other ex-NFL players he spoke to: Ireland was unprofessional. (Silver enjoyably goes further, calling Ireland “biggest jerk in the history job interviewers” and an “A-List A-hole.” The whole article is worth a read.)
The rumors about Bryant’s family were out there, but a potential employer asking about it crosses a line. It wouldn’t happen in any other industry
The timing of this news is interesting. We just read a piece about Ireland showing a more human side to the media. In it, Ireland said he hopes to develop as a person.
This story comes just after the Dolphins took some P.R. blows after Jason Taylor ‘s departure. Zach Thomas said that Bill Parcells wouldn’t even let him hold a farewell press conference at the team facility when he left the team in 2008.
Ireland doesn’t usually seem to care about his image, which is his right. We’ll see if that changes after the country hears this story, and more folks call him an “A-List A-Hole.”