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Dez Bryant flap generates mixed reviews on Jeff Ireland

In response to Tuesday’s disclosure from Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports that Dolphins G.M. Jeff Ireland asked receiver Dez Bryant whether his mother was a prostitute, we’re getting mixed feedback from league insiders regarding the man whom V.P. of football operations Bill Parcells hand picked and carried with him from Dallas to Miami.

One source teed off on Ireland, claiming that he’s got little or no people skills — and that he is a solid talent evaluator who holds a title that surpasses his skill.  We’ve also heard that some agents have shied away from directing players with options to Miami, given the overall “our way or the highway” atmosphere that pervades the organization.

Another source defended Ireland.  “Jeff is one of the classiest and most down to earth people in this business,” the source said.  “He’s a straight shooter and it’s refreshing because a lot of other decision makers beat around the bush and aren’t always truthful.”

Lost in the discussion has been, so far, the role of Parcells.  Though the Tuna supposedly gave Ireland “final say” over the team’s roster in 2008 in order to lure him away from the Cowboys in a manner that complies with league rules, it’s widely believed that Parcells runs the show.  Why, then, is no one mentioning the strong possibility that Ireland was merely the messenger for a question that Parcells wanted Bryant to be asked?

Rumors about Bryant’s mother had been snaking through the NFL grapevine in the weeks preceding the draft.  Presumably, Parcells, Ireland, and company had caught wind of the scuttelbutt.  Is it a stretch, then, to conclude that the notoriously blunt and confrontational Parcells eventually may have said to Ireland, “Why don’t you quit wonderin’ about it and just f–kin’ ask him about it?”

With so many incoming rookies consulting with guys who tell them what to say and how to say it in pre-draft interviews, teams want to crack through the facade and get to the real guy.  They also want to see how players, like Bryant, with vaguely defined character concerns will react under stress.  It’s a boot-camp mentality aimed at commencing the process of breaking these guys down in the hopes of finding out whether they ultimately can be counted upon to do what they’re told in practices and games.

Still, there’s a line that shouldn’t be crossed.  And even though rookies technically are not yet members of the union before they’re drafted, the NFLPA immediately should commence the process of negotiating with the league acceptable limits on the types of questions that may be posed at the Scouting Combine or during teams visits and workouts.

In turn, the league should be happy to agree to such restrictions.  Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will miss six or more weeks of the 2010 season because his conduct, at its core, makes the NFL and its teams look bad.  How can the question that the Dolphins posed to Dez Bryant be viewed any differently?

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74 Responses to “Dez Bryant flap generates mixed reviews on Jeff Ireland”
  1. Krow says: Apr 28, 2010 7:34 AM

    Ben gets away with rape… Dez gets pounded in college and now the pros. There must be some difference between the two… if only I could figure out what it is.

  2. rageagainst07 says: Apr 28, 2010 7:36 AM

    because no penises were pulled out in the Dez Bryant situation…suspend his pay for like a game or restrict their recruiting next year…

  3. realityonetwo says: Apr 28, 2010 7:40 AM

    According to the ESPN account:
    The background of Bryant and his mother — including her lifestyle and past legal troubles — were widely reported prior to the draft. Angela was only 15 when Dez was born, and she served time in jail for selling crack cocaine.
    OK, we know she’s a drug addict and a whore — she had this Einstein when she was 15. What’s the big stretch to believe she’s pimping herself out?

  4. GirthyOne says: Apr 28, 2010 7:41 AM

    Bravo Mike!

  5. Drat says: Apr 28, 2010 7:42 AM

    Parcells has talent, obviously, but he is an SOB. He would be the last NFL personality you would want to visit your house to watch a game and munch on chips and beer. “That dog is just ugly” “Can’t afford a new TV, eh?” “Got some good food here?” “This beer… what you saving electricity with the fridge?” “Did you get her pregnant? That’s why you had to marry that one?”

  6. winslow says: Apr 28, 2010 7:43 AM

    “How can the question that the Dolphins posed to Dez Bryant be viewed any differently?”
    Because Ireland didn’t rape anyone.
    Next question.

  7. Thor says: Apr 28, 2010 7:45 AM

    So, is she or not?

  8. jwill007 says: Apr 28, 2010 7:48 AM

    What does his mom being that IF SHE IS have to do with him and his career??? I mean WHAT IS HE HER PIMP???? HELL NO!
    Ireland needs to be taken to a back alley where no one can see and some things need to be taken care of!

  9. contract says: Apr 28, 2010 7:48 AM

    I don’t understand what line Ireland crossed. His mom is in jail for dealing drugs, so it can’t be a matter of questioning her character.

  10. irishsamurai says: Apr 28, 2010 7:52 AM

    Still, there’s a line that shouldn’t be crossed. And even though rookies technically are not yet members of the union before they’re drafted, the NFLPA immediately should commence the process of negotiating with the league acceptable limits on the types of questions that may be posed at the Scouting Combine or during teams visits and workouts
    ————————————————
    this is rediculous,these front office guys are about to hand these kids millions and millions of dollars to play a kids game,ask them what you want,would you want to find out before or after you pay him,that if he was in a bar and some random dude started razzing bryant about his mom,and bryant proceeds to knock the guy out cause he has a temper and short fuse,and between the mom stuff and not being drafted early enough[for him] we all found out that he has very thin skin,and i could see him being in trouble alot,maybe he should just shut up and play not worry about the critics,or use it to motivate him,and keep quite while doing it

  11. Mike D says: Apr 28, 2010 7:52 AM

    Even if Parcells was pushing the issue, Ireland ultimately was the one who asked the question and should be the one that bears responsibility for it. He’s a grown man and, if he recognized, as most do, that the question was way out of line, he simply could have refused to ask it.
    Ireland is garbage.

  12. Caldon says: Apr 28, 2010 7:54 AM

    Maybe, just Maybe, if the Steelers had asked questions like that they wouldn’t be in this mess…..
    So Ben, what do you think about trolling around bars with underage girls?!? Do you really believe no means no? (give fake high five) and see how he reacts :)

  13. BKILBY13 says: Apr 28, 2010 8:02 AM

    I am a Dolphins fan and this act from Ireland makes me sick. I understand that he is trying to decide whether to give a young man with “vaguely defined” character issues a multi-million dollar contract, but there is a way to do that without being an A-hole. I definitely can see Parcells urging Ireland to find out if the rumours were true.

  14. bobinpuertorico says: Apr 28, 2010 8:03 AM

    If the concern was that his mother might have been a prostitute, then why is that important. Would that disqualify him from playing in the NFL? If so, then how was Adrian Peterson allowed in the NFL, despite his father having been sent to prison? There have been other players over the years who had a parent convicted of far more serious crimes than prostitution and it did not prevent them from playing in the NFL. Clearly, the acts of the parents or any other relatives should have no bearing on how a potential player is viewed. Furthermore, even is a woman has worked as a prostitute, that does not necessarily mean there is anything wrong with her. A poor, unskilled, single parent trying to put food on the table, shoes on the feet of her children and a roof over her family, might have no other option. Alternatively, if the goal is to determine how someone will react under stress, then presumably Jeff Ireland asked all interviewees the same question (otherwise he discriminated against Dez Bryant).

  15. enderlite says: Apr 28, 2010 8:09 AM

    so is she a prostitute?

  16. gwinn1952 says: Apr 28, 2010 8:12 AM

    GM should be held to a higher standard than what Ireland showed. They can find out what the athlete is all about without bringing up painful things of their life.

  17. Irish Phin Fan says: Apr 28, 2010 8:14 AM

    Let it go already. How many times can you write about the same damn thing?

  18. thunderpants14 says: Apr 28, 2010 8:15 AM

    How can it be viewed differently? Maybe the fact that Ireland apologized for something he felt was wrong. Ben didn’t – quite the opposite in fact.
    Teams are unloading millions of dollars on these rookies. For them not to perform their due dilegance would be where league is potenially made to look bad.
    Maybe the question was out of line but I’d be willing to bet he’s heard worse on the football field from players that won’t spend a dime on him.
    If I’m Dez Bryant I go in knowing there is no limit to what you could ask or say to me. I’m composed.

  19. Big Stretch says: Apr 28, 2010 8:16 AM

    I like Dez Bryant, and think those teams that needed a receiver and passed on him ( I’m looking at the Denver Teblows) are going to regret it. The only thing that would have made me like Bryant more was if he had bitched slapped Jeff Ireland for asking that stupid question.

  20. MANNY says: Apr 28, 2010 8:18 AM

    Hey Ireland, is your father gay? they saw him holding hands with Parcells in South Beach.

  21. Bob Loblaw says: Apr 28, 2010 8:23 AM

    The NFLPA doesn’t give a shit about the former players who made their six, seven and eight figure salaries possible.
    So why on earth would the NFLPA want to bargain for kid-glove treatment of guys who are not currently members of the NFLPA, especially when many current players presumably have encountered these types of questions?

  22. God's Own Silver and Blue says: Apr 28, 2010 8:27 AM

    Bryant should have blasted Ireland’s teeth down his throat THEN answered the question.

  23. JimmySmith says: Apr 28, 2010 8:27 AM

    Trying to blame this on Bill Parcells is just stupid. Parcells might not be a Boy Scout but Ireland has the leeway to do his job and if he did it in a crass way, that’s on him.

  24. wlc says: Apr 28, 2010 8:29 AM

    I absolutely can not justify what Ireland did, especially if the question was as blunt as “Is your mother a prostitute?” But, we do not know the whole context of that portion of the interview. What if Ireland had something like, “Listen, there are some stories floating around right now about your past, specifically regarding your mother. Is it true she, at one point engaged in trading sex for money? And, if so, is she still involved in that lifestyle today?”
    Is there a difference? Maybe. Still it is an inappropriate topic to cover in an interview, but it doesn’t come across as rough as “Is your mother a prostitute?”
    Also, isn’t it interesting that Dez didn’t say a word about this until AFTER Miami traded for Brandon Marshall. Dez’s best chance to be drafted in the top 15 was only Miami. If he was so upset about this, why didn’t he say something sooner?

  25. Phinatic says: Apr 28, 2010 8:30 AM

    Come on. This is nothing like Roethlisberger. Ireland INSULTED someone, not ASSAULTED someone.

  26. Dayton Dolfan says: Apr 28, 2010 8:34 AM

    what’s the big deal. if someone wants to ask me about my mother and then pay me 20 million, fine by me. its just a question!

  27. joneildu says: Apr 28, 2010 8:35 AM

    How is this a bigger story than someone asking Gerhart if he felt entitled as a white running back. I’d like to think that crossing racial lines was more egregious than crossing the “yo momma” line.

  28. Rasta says: Apr 28, 2010 8:37 AM

    None of us had a choice of who our mother is, not me you Dez Bryant or Jeff Ireland. Also it was not any of Ireland’s business what Dez’s Mother did for a living.

  29. jl says: Apr 28, 2010 8:41 AM

    Asking that bluntly is not only offensive… it’s dumb.
    If you’re asking something to rile someone, you don’t ask a simple close ended question. Ireland could have accomplished his goals by asking what his mother did to earn money and then pressing Bryant for more information based upon his answers.
    It would cause more stress and moreinformation would have been obtained.

  30. DEWMAN says: Apr 28, 2010 8:42 AM

    I think what’s being over looked here, is that Dez is starting his NFL career the same way he ended his college career. BAD !! He asked me bad question, now I mad. I think I’ll call TMZ and blow the whistle! Still a child!!! I think rap music is 10 times more offensive than that question.

  31. Kelvin says: Apr 28, 2010 8:44 AM

    Good point made today by the guy from ThePhinsider.com.
    In his article, the dude basically criticises Michael Silver for using this as a way to self-promote himself. Silver is getting his name all over thanks to this. And for what? Blowing a situation out of proportion. Dez probably was hoping this whole thing was behind him at this point.
    And Silver crosses the line, calling Ireland an “A-list asshole.” After doing that, Silver has the balls to talk about class and civility? Really?
    Ridiculous. Glad somebody finally called out Silver on this. Cus it seems like nobody else was going to.

  32. hnirobert says: Apr 28, 2010 8:47 AM

    I don’t think Parcells is as involved as people think. He kind of seems aloof at times, usually at the golf course with OC Dan Henning. I think his fingerprints are on a lot of things but, unfortunately, Jeff Ireland is running the show. Let’s not forget the report that Parcells didn’t want Pat White but Ireland was the one that really pressed the pick.

  33. Belichick Is God says: Apr 28, 2010 8:47 AM

    Goodell: the ‘Fins interview tactics are embarassing the league. As big fine is in order, and also take away a 2011 draft pick.

  34. ebr362 says: Apr 28, 2010 8:48 AM

    This whole thing is so blown out of proportion by the latest scoop media its crazy. The book on DB was he was of questionable charactor and backround. To me this question was designed to rattle his cage and see how he reacted, plain and simple. Did they already know the answer and were trying to see if he would lie/tell the truth to see if he really did learn a lesson for lying to the ncaa? Was it in poor taste, sure, but when you re making a multi million dollar decision, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to get to the best info possible. His apology for this is enough and should satisfy the media.

  35. runtheball says: Apr 28, 2010 8:48 AM

    WELL, IS SHE?

  36. us1mm0 says: Apr 28, 2010 8:51 AM

    before handing this kid 20 mil they should have asked him if he was a tree, what kind of tree would he be. -Probing questions like that reveal soo much…

  37. thunderpants14 says: Apr 28, 2010 8:56 AM

    Research what Jackie Robinson went through with Branch Rickey before starting a career with the Brooklyn Dodgers…tame by comparison.
    These questions are asked with a purpose. Ireland obviously took no pleasure in firing this question but it still needed to be done. Imagine the fans won’t be so restrained.

  38. BRUTUS9448 says: Apr 28, 2010 8:59 AM

    I think if his mother was a crack w**re then its fair to ask that question if you’re gonna spend millions of dollars on the kid. Just to see the reaction especially since this kid has had issues in the past. You can trust that more than one player will ask him that question in a real game and you need to know how he’s gonna react. Blow the game and get suspended.
    Maybe the way it was asked was wrong but its a fair question. If the players don’t like this then they should go work in an office.

  39. drumbug71 says: Apr 28, 2010 9:08 AM

    ” Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will miss six or more weeks of the 2010 season because his conduct, at its core, makes the NFL and its teams look bad. ”
    From what I’ve read and remembered, the suspension is a 6 week standard — 4 if he keeps everything in his pants and 6+ if he screws up again. Exaggerate much?

  40. BroncoBourque says: Apr 28, 2010 9:08 AM

    The question was inapropriate but at the end of the day it isn’t that big a deal either. Bryant’s mother is known to have a shaddy past and it is not out of the realm of possibilities that should could have done some prostitution in the past too. Crack addicts aren’t exactly saints and their addiction can often lead them to do anything to get their next fix.
    When a team is trying to decide who to select with a first round pick and then pay millions to, I would think a simple question is a small price to pay. If any team wants to pay me even 5% of what the Dolphins are about to pay the 12th pick, they can ask me whatever they want about whomever they want. Ask if my mother is a prostitute, ask if my dad is gay, neither question offends me because they have a simple answer, NO.
    Maybe that is the real problem here though, maybe the answer to that question is as simple as it would be for most of us. It makes asking the question more relevant but having it asked much harder for Dez and a lot harder to answer.

  41. Big Stretch says: Apr 28, 2010 9:14 AM

    @ DEWMAN—
    “! He asked me bad question, now I mad. I think I’ll call TMZ and blow the whistle! Still a child!!! I think rap music is 10 times more offensive than that question.”
    why don’t you just write that you hate black people? keep racism alive jackass.

  42. phildo says: Apr 28, 2010 9:16 AM

    the guy’s gonna get paid 20 million for having done nothing in over a year.. ask any question you want

  43. overkil2 says: Apr 28, 2010 9:16 AM

    You have players raping women, assaulting spouses/girlfriends, killing pedestrians and you are worked up over someone asking Dez if his mom is a prostitute. Please.
    Maybe he wanted to know if he would get some “benefits” if he drafted Dez.

  44. AllThat says: Apr 28, 2010 9:19 AM

    Dez Bryant: Academic All-American..What do that got to do wif football
    Jeff Ireland: ??Do you ahve your shoes?

  45. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Apr 28, 2010 9:29 AM

    Mike Florio said: Is it a stretch, then, to conclude that the notoriously blunt and confrontational Parcells eventually MAY HAVE SAID to Ireland, “Why don’t you quit wonderin’ about it and just f–kin’ ask him about it?”
    ————————————————–
    What a tool…and yes, that means you Florio.

  46. DolphinSig says: Apr 28, 2010 9:34 AM

    I heard Jets coach Rex Ryan asked Kyle Wilson “are you willing to eat 14 cheeseburgers a day?”
    Is that not as insulting!

  47. TryTheVeal says: Apr 28, 2010 9:35 AM

    Is your Momma Irish and can she make a rue?……

  48. myspaceyourface says: Apr 28, 2010 9:38 AM

    Dez is living in a post Ben era, that is the difference. . . They aren’t just going to shell over 20 million to a guy that could be Jewalrus or in Jail by his mom’s side.
    If you are giving a guy this king of money nothing is off limits in my opinion.

  49. PotheadCancer says: Apr 28, 2010 9:39 AM

    @realityonetwo…..you need your ass kicked. Seriously. Someone needs to knock your teeth out.
    There is NO justifiable reason to ask this question.

  50. RiceforLife says: Apr 28, 2010 9:44 AM

    So what if his mother had him when she was 14 or 15. So what if she is a drug dealer and he had a shitty life. Why are these football analysts and interviewers making such a negative thing about this? If anything they should be amazed that someone was able to come out of that type of life and make it as far as he has. I can’t stand the Cowboys, but I hope this guy becomes a hall of famer. It’s obvious that no one is questioning his talent, but leave his family out of it. It sounds like the only people she was hurting was herself and her son. I would understand if they were hurting other people, but why make such a big deal about this situation. Most people that went through what he went through end up doing what their parents do, starting at a young age. He is past that age, he is good to go. I just don’t know about having Irvin as his mentor. Didn’t he get in trouble for tag teaming some girl down in Florida with his brother?

  51. FinFan says: Apr 28, 2010 9:54 AM

    The guy was just doing his job! If he didnt get that imformation out of him the media would have splashed it on the frontpage somewhere, now lets see him keep his cool when cb’s talk smack about his momma

  52. funi says: Apr 28, 2010 9:59 AM

    Commish Godell needs to fire Ireland, suspend Ronnie Brown 6-8 games for his DUI, Erice Foster 6-8 games for him being accused of sexual assult, Jared Allen 6-8 games for threatening to break a man’s neck and then paying him off ( he already has 3 dui’s)!!

  53. EazyDuzIt says: Apr 28, 2010 10:05 AM

    realityonetwo says:
    April 28, 2010 7:40 AM
    According to the ESPN account:
    The background of Bryant and his mother — including her lifestyle and past legal troubles — were widely reported prior to the draft. Angela was only 15 when Dez was born, and she served time in jail for selling crack cocaine.
    OK, we know she’s a drug addict and a whore — she had this Einstein when she was 15. What’s the big stretch to believe she’s pimping herself out?
    The point is so fcuking what if she is/was?!?!?!?! What does that have to do with Dez and why is it a character flag against him? Is it his fault that she gave birth to him when she was 15 and clearly has past that involves jail time and drugs? What is HIS past? And if it doesn’t involve any of those things then he shouldn’t have to answer for them. PERIOD

  54. FireJerryJones says: Apr 28, 2010 10:06 AM

    They have all the intelligence they need on a guy cause they’ve hired PI’s. They know the answer to the questions.
    They just want to see how a guy reacts.
    Seems like there’s legislation keeping you from asking certain questions in an interview… like have you ever had sex with a man? Is your mom a whore?
    Just wondering what his follow up question was going to be? Can I have her email address… phone #… rate sheet?
    Sinec Ireland acknowledges his role, Commish should send him a fine.
    Can’t suspend a GM can you?

  55. Run Ramone Run says: Apr 28, 2010 10:21 AM

    You know, right about now there are scores of prostitutes taking righteous offense. For starters, many of the people raising hell on this one are clients, or former clients -and that’s before even getting to the viewers those internet clips that everybody male watches. Who do you think makes those? Real nannies?
    For another, prostitutes have kids, too, you know. You don’t think there’s people out there whose mothers are prostitutes? But what, none of them can possibly amount to anything so important as playing football? So everyone should just lay back and take it easy on this one or risk sounding like hypocritical chauvinists.
    The tone of the question is much more important than its wording. I didn’t hear Dez complain about it, so who started this idiocy?

  56. myspaceyourface says: Apr 28, 2010 10:25 AM

    people are so sensitive these days. . .
    If your mom is a hooker, than be proud about it. . .
    If it is a problem tell the man who asked the question.
    Stop being so freakin sensitive about everything.

  57. Joel_mac5 says: Apr 28, 2010 10:28 AM

    Krow- Two Super bowl rings?
    What you are doing is called race-baiting, and it makes the problem worse. I am no fan of Ben, but you aren’t helping, dope.

  58. DEWMAN says: Apr 28, 2010 10:31 AM

    Yo, Big Stench, your reachin’ on one comment! All I said is this is childish and that ‘some’ rappers make millions on TRULY OFFENSIVE lyrics. Are all rappers “black people” ? Umm, NO!! You sound like someone who runs around with the race card on top of your deck?? I don’t hate “black people” !! I hate Double standards and people who throw stones in glass houses! Why don’t they call the word cracker the “C” word????? I believe it is you, who keeps racism alive!! I am no racist,but I can be a Jack Ass. lol peace

  59. READY2CRUSH says: Apr 28, 2010 10:49 AM

    All you people that keep asking “what does this question have to do with football” ARE COMPLETE MORONS.
    While I would be pissed if someone asked that question to me, the reason it HAS TO BE ASKED is because someone is about to give this kid 30+million dollars and IT IS NECESSARY to see if he’s a head case.
    If he flips the table and breaks Ireland’s neck… Then you know how he would react on the field if a DB asked him that question. You’re really going to give someone 30 million dollars if he’s going to kill someone on the field?!?!!???
    Come on guys…. This story is beyond stupid and getting way too much publicity. I would venture to guess every single team that brought him in for an interview wanted to ask the question but didnt have the sac to do so.
    Get over it… Move on. Stop asking “how is this a football question”… because the fact is it’s more important than a football question, and you just sound dumb.

  60. dlmcc0909 says: Apr 28, 2010 10:52 AM

    Whats the big deal here? His mother is a known drug user and dealer. The question then becomes relevant. When theyre debating whether or not to hand you $15 million guaranteed, theyre going to want to make sure your not surrounded by a Pacman Jones type posse that will get you into trouble.
    Also bear in mind that Parcells is a no nonsense guy who isnt putting up with any divas. Dez has a reputation as being one so maybe they were trying to see if he could keep his composure when angered. they werent making fun of the kid, so lets all relax. As far as the race baiting goes, take a walk with that. No ones buying that and people are sick of others who play that card

  61. robert ethan says: Apr 28, 2010 10:54 AM

    What’s really perverse about this to me is Silver’s lurid obsession. Was it a dumb question? Yes.
    No one gets to choose their parents, and if that was the way Dez Bryant’s mom had to pay the rent and put food on the table, what of it? Pretty much every “sexual favor” in this world is purchased with some sort of “favor” if you get down to it. Try going home to wifey and tell her you lost your job and will have to sell her jewelry to pay the mortgage this month. See how anxious she is to get down with you.
    But Silver and other media hacks seem to want to shake this to death. I’d venture to say that at least 10 times as many people now know that Dez Bryant’s poor fat dumb old Mom may have sold her body at some point in her life. Thanks to arbitrers of high moral standard like that creepy Yahoo wazoo. Good work Sherlock. All of our lives are much enriched by your tireless efforts. I hope you made better money than Angela did back in the day for her work.

  62. AutumnWind999 says: Apr 28, 2010 11:03 AM

    All this stuff aside, Bryant is one of the top 2 players in this draft talent-wise (Suh being the other). He’s big, strong, quick, great hands, has a nose for the end zone. If he comes to play the Cowboys got a tremendous steal.

  63. brasho says: Apr 28, 2010 11:11 AM

    Uh, the woman was addicted to crack, I’m positively certain that she gave it up for a hit. As I’m sure Ireland was 99% certain, hence he asked… Of course Dez either didn’t know about it or chose to lie about it like he lied to the NCAA and to everybody else when trying to blame the NCAA for his problems.

  64. PSMITH says: Apr 28, 2010 11:22 AM

    Ok, it was not a classy question, but what was the context? May not have been as bad as it sounds.
    DEZ: Yeah, my time management skills are little off because no one was around to teach me. You see my mom was a crackhead and would leave me home alone for weeks at a time, while she was out doing God knows what for a rock. I mean she was crazy, man. She did all sorts of stuff.
    JEFF: Wow, that must have been tough. Was she a prostitute?
    DEZ: No way, man. She just did uh… other crazy stuff uh… to get large amounts of money in short periods of time uh… I think… Mommy!

  65. the_firm_09 says: Apr 28, 2010 11:23 AM

    Whats the relevance ? Is the mother trying out for 3rd down receiver ? Drama Drama Drama , play football already .

  66. eaglelover1 says: Apr 28, 2010 11:25 AM

    To all the idoiots claiming this is a relavent question because ” he is about to be given millions of dollars”…. how would you like it if at YOUR next interveiw the employer asked if your mom was still a slut from the neighborhood because he “knew” her back in the day? Or better yet asked you if he could come over and have your wife slide down his pole a couple of times until it was time to giver her a protein shake?
    Bryant’s mom WAS/USED (you know past tense words meaning THEN NOT NOW). I especially like those posters asking is she I am willing to bet their lives they won’t ask that young man that question in person. And for all of you non-black people making statements on this post…. The only way a black player will ask Bryant that question in a game is if HE WANTS TO FIGHT. We don’t insult each others mothers unless it is time to fight.

  67. Bleeding Green says: Apr 28, 2010 11:27 AM

    You Miami fans are ridiculous. If Mike Tannenbaum or any other GM had asked that question you’d all be killing him. The fact of the matter is that it was a classless move by a guy with absolutely zero people skills. That’s what you get when your GM is a social moron. So put away your pom poms and go paint your nails orange and teal, pansies.

  68. finsbooyah says: Apr 28, 2010 11:31 AM

    Whether you agree with the approach or not, the reason the question was asked was to get under Bryant’s skin. Of course it was offensive and inappropriate. Of course it was meant to piss of Bryant. The whole point was to see how he would react to that sort of attack.
    This doesn’t make it right, but EVERY TEAM in the NFL asks these players these same types of questions. It just so happens that Ireland was the one called out for it. I’m not making this stuff up. What about the team who asked the blantantly racist question (which is illegal during a job interview, what Ireland asked is not) to Toby Gerhart about if he felt entitled because he was a white running back. But for some reason no one seems to have a problem with that. Maybe because Gerhart understands the process and isn’t a little bitch about it and throwing team execs under the bus (or maybe it was the Vikings GM who asked him).

  69. Gunther69 says: Apr 28, 2010 11:36 AM

    I wouldn’t blame Dez for hurting him. Players talk about disrepect. This is disrespect. Why any player would want to play for this dick is beyond me. This GM is nothing but a bully. He has the power and he abuses it. If he thinks he’s so tough that he can ask a question like that then don’t hide behind the process. Go somewhere isolated, where no-one from the Dolphins is around.

  70. RedMan says: Apr 28, 2010 11:57 AM

    # DEWMAN says: April 28, 2010 10:31 AM
    Yo, Big Stench, your reachin’ on one comment! All I said is this is childish and that ‘some’ rappers make millions on TRULY OFFENSIVE lyrics. Are all rappers “black people” ? Umm, NO!! You sound like someone who runs around with the race card on top of your deck?? I don’t hate “black people” !! I hate Double standards and people who throw stones in glass houses! Why don’t they call the word cracker the “C” word????? I believe it is you, who keeps racism alive!! I am no racist,but I can be a Jack Ass. lol peace
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    Lol. Now that is some righteous indignation, brotha. The reality is we all keep racism alive, sexism, class-ism, etc. We’re mostly just immature asses – as I will attempt to demonstrate with my net sentence….
    Anyhoo, I don’t like country music or white men, but ur women are just fine…;)

  71. jimicos says: Apr 28, 2010 12:24 PM

    And even though rookies technically are not yet members of the union before they’re drafted, the NFLPA immediately should commence the process of negotiating with the league acceptable limits on the types of questions that may be posed at the Scouting Combine or during teams visits and workouts.
    In turn, the league should be happy to agree to such restrictions. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will miss six or more weeks of the 2010 season because his conduct, at its core, makes the NFL and its teams look bad. How can the question that the Dolphins posed to Dez Bryant be viewed any differently?
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    Typical knee-jerk reactionary bullshit. One guy asked a draft prospect if his mom’s a whore, so now this needs to be addressed by the league and the union? Please.
    If the Dolphins were legitimately interested in drafting Dez Bryant at their #12 slot, or anywhere else for that matter, then they’re looking at giving this kid millions of dollars guaranteed in his rookie contract. If it’s a real possibility that his mom’s a prostitute, I think the team would be irresponsible not to find out. With that kind of money on the line they’d be shirking their duties not to know whether or not the mother of one of their highest paid employees is a risk factor–a risk to his performance and availability and a risk to the image of the team.
    Having said that, everything depends on how the issue was raised. I think they handled it poorly if Ireland sat down and just blurted out, “So I hear your mom’s a hooker.” However, there are ways of getting him to talk about his childhood, his home life, etc… There’s other ways to get to the bottom of things than a blunt statement or question.
    However, if I were the Dolphins I wouldn’t rely on the word of a kid who has a lot to gain (or lose) in it. I’d probably hire someone to check it out. Find out what you’re getting into. Don’t give millions of guaranteed dollars to a young kid whose mother might be a whore. That would be a risky proposition.

  72. texasPHINSfan says: Apr 28, 2010 3:09 PM

    As a Dolphins fan, I was a little embarassed by this.
    Then I heard some of the other “shock” questions that get asked of players and I’m less embarassed.
    Ireland’s question might have been personal, but if the team is considering paying this guy millions – it’s fair game. If my employer would pay me millions, I’d reveal bedroom secrets if they wanted.
    The reality is there is no rule in place that says you cannot ask these questions. And if there was no question that Dez’s mother was a prostitute, then the question wouldn’t have been asked. His mother is a convicted felon that had him at age 15 – is it really *that* offensive question to be asked?
    The only people who should be offended by that are people who’s mothers ARE prostitutes, IMO

  73. Route36West says: Apr 28, 2010 7:46 PM

    What Ben did and Ireland did is different. Ireland asked a question Ben did alot more then talk.
    I dont see anything wrong with the question. They ask people all kinds of things like that. Saying the word prostitute isnt bad. If they ask people if they use drugs or there family uses drugs and stuff like that. I think asking if a guys mom is a prostitute is along the same lines.
    I mean IM sure they ask these kids what there parents do for a living. Well if Dez’s mom is a whore thats what she does for a living. Its not the Dolphins fault that that rumor was going around. But they did the right thing by clearing it up.
    Im sure if the Dolphins didnt ask the question and get the answer people would still be wondering if she is or isnt a whore. So if you think about it Ireland did Dez a favor by squashing the rumor.

  74. Brady says: Apr 29, 2010 4:16 AM

    First off Krow, Kobe’s and Rothlisburger’s situations are far more comparable than Dez Bryant’s. Kobe got away with rape too…and he rapes a white chick in Colorado! But regarding Dez Bryant’s mom, asking Dez if she was a prostitute seems like a legit question when you dig into her background. She got pregnant at 14 years old and had him at 15. She was convicted of selling cocaine, so is prostitution really that big of a stretch?
    But the part of the story you people aren’t understanding is that the questions aren’t asked because the team wants to know the answer…they want to see how someone reacts in a tense situation, and how they handle adversity. Going into the interview with Dez, there is ZERO doubt that Smith knew about his mom’s cocaine arrests, as did every other GM in the league.

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