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NFLPA responds to Dez Bryant question

With public opinion almost unanimously against Dolphins G.M. Jeff Ireland’s right to ask if Dez Bryant’s mother was a prostitute, the NFLPA released a statement on the matter Wednesday.

“We need to make sure the men of this league are treated as businessmen. During interviews, our players and prospective players should never be subjected to discrimination or degradation stemming from the biases or misconceptions held by team personnel,” DeMaurice Smith and the NFL Players said Wednesday.

“NFL teams cannot have the free reign to ask questions during the interview process which can be categorized as stereotyping or which may bring a personal insult to any player as a man. For the past year, active, former and incoming players have heard me speak about the expectations we have of them as members of this union, their teams, communities and families. It is equally true that the same kind of respect is demanded of their employers,” the statement concludes.

We don’t disagree with anything Smith writes, although we’re not exactly sure what the intent of the statement is or whether he just wants some free publicity.

Does Smith believe that Ireland violated the conduct policy? Does he want guidelines to be set up for interviews in the future so it doesn’t happen again?

Smith’s use of the word businessmen is fair.  Ireland never would have asked the same question to the women and men he’s hired to work in the Dolphins front office.

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  1. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Apr 28, 2010 3:21 PM

    It was a valid question. Being that Deion Sanders is his father you have to assume the worst of his mama

  2. GOVIKES|GOVIKES says: Apr 28, 2010 3:21 PM

    Off with his head!

  3. TheVillain112 says: Apr 28, 2010 3:22 PM

    I interviewed for an IT position with the Dolphins and Ireland asked me if I’ve ever had a threesome.
    True story.
    Or not.

  4. Chapnasty2 says: Apr 28, 2010 3:23 PM

    Smith is implying that the question was asked to Bryant because he is black. And you know what, while I can’t stand Smith, the man makes a point.

  5. robert ethan says: Apr 28, 2010 3:23 PM

    I think Smith might be intimating that only black women work as prostitutes. Which will come as something of a surprise to all those guys cruising the red light districts across the country.

  6. tbtsm15 says: Apr 28, 2010 3:24 PM

    except the Dolphins aren’t hiring businessmen, they’re hiring football players who must not soil [on] “the shield”

  7. jwill007 says: Apr 28, 2010 3:24 PM

    Goodell to comment next! Its coming….
    And here is what I expect:
    Goodell: “We will communicate that this type of questioning will not be allowed again”
    Jerry Jones: “Im just glad we put enough out there so he can drop to us”
    LOL

  8. biggs13 says: Apr 28, 2010 3:25 PM

    Move along people, nothing to see here.

  9. el_dude00 says: Apr 28, 2010 3:26 PM

    “We don’t disagree with anything Smith writes, although we’re not exactly sure what the intent of the statement is.”
    “….but we also understand why a team would want to throw a player off guard. All of the top prospects use consultants now; it’s hard to get to the truth about a player in the limited exposure provided during pre-draft interviews. And then if someone gets under a guy’s skin on a key drive late in a playoff game and the guy swings a fist, the game — and the season — could be lost. “ – MF
    What happened to the value of throwing a player off guard? How are you supposed to wade through the coaching of all those pesky consultants. Surely businessmen and women practice for interviews. How the hell are we supposed to know how they are going to react if we can’t insult their parents?
    You hear that folks? That’s the sound of Florio backpedaling.

  10. StevieMo says: Apr 28, 2010 3:26 PM

    Wait a minute, I definitely would have asked Tim Tebow if his mom used to be a prostitute. Gotta make sure of these things….

  11. dirtyredd says: Apr 28, 2010 3:26 PM

    Dez should have ask Ireland was his wife a former prostitute.

  12. HogPaws says: Apr 28, 2010 3:26 PM

    awful, awful question to ask…but i dont think he should be fired if thats what the statement is really saying

  13. ItalianArmyGuy says: Apr 28, 2010 3:27 PM

    “50 First Dates”, Jeff Ireland style
    Jeff Ireland: Well, since it’s my last night in town… …can l pretend you didn’t just say that and still have sex with you anyway?
    Dez: l can’t do it. l’m sorry.
    Jeff Ireland: Well, can you at least point me in the direction of someone who can?
    Dez: That guy over there could help you out.
    Jeff Ireland: lsn’t that a woman?
    Dez:Jeez, l’m not really sure.

  14. shaunypoo says: Apr 28, 2010 3:27 PM

    While I don’t believe it was an appropriate question, I don’t think that he is a member of the union, so why would Smith have any jurisdiction. I guess he is just trying to get the young players on his side.

  15. RustyTrombone says: Apr 28, 2010 3:27 PM

    Is it just me, or does Florio look a bit like a child molester?

  16. CJV123 says: Apr 28, 2010 3:28 PM

    How do you know Ireland would not have asked that of another Black woman or man seeking employment with the Dolphins front-office?

  17. Swivelhipsh says: Apr 28, 2010 3:29 PM

    While I completely agree with Smith and do not condone actions such as Irelands, I cannot help but think why Smith did not step up earlier when two white players were asked discriminatory questions. It’s just as discriminatory to ask a white player if he feels entitled because he is white. I sure hope Smith continues his efforts to stand up for players, both black and white.

  18. The Real Shuxion says: Apr 28, 2010 3:30 PM

    Ireland would never have asked the question in an interview with the women and men he’s hired to work in the Dolphins front office.
    ——————————————————
    “How short is the skirt you plan to wear to work?”
    -Isiah Thomas

  19. PFTiswhatitis says: Apr 28, 2010 3:30 PM

    We live in America where the interviewer is still free to ask whatever he wants and the interviewee still has the right not to answer the question or even to tell the interviewer where to go. Now how about you get off this topic already?

  20. Slow Joe says: Apr 28, 2010 3:30 PM

    This story and the Myron Rolle interview story are the biggest pieces of non-news crap I’ve heard all offseason.
    A. I really don’t think the players were offended; they just mentioned the questions in subsequent interviews and reporters figured it’d make good copy.
    B. If they player were offended, they don’t belong in a league where they’ll be hearing way worse comments coming from the fans in opposing stadiums.
    C. And now, the NFLPA’s “statement” is typical lawyer-speak: Talking a lot without saying anything. De Maurice just basically wanted some public exposure.

  21. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Apr 28, 2010 3:31 PM

    i think PFTV needs to take a more in depth look at Irelands statements

  22. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Apr 28, 2010 3:32 PM

    When a team is about to pay this chump a minimum of $10,000,000, you should be able to ask him ANYTHING YOU WANT.
    What do you think Deangelo Hall is gonna be saying to him twice a year? Or Corey Webster or Asante Samuel twice a season?
    Get over it.

  23. TC says: Apr 28, 2010 3:32 PM

    How many people in the front office are under 25 and get paid over a million dollars a year?
    How many have been put through rigorous and completely invasive medical tests?
    It is not a valid comparison. I hope Demaurice doesn’t cost us the 2011 season. I still cannot believe he has that position. He seemed to me like the worst possible candidate for that job.

  24. MiamiVoice says: Apr 28, 2010 3:34 PM

    What do you say we all get together, choose a non-issue and make a big deal out of it for no good reason whatsoever?
    During high-end personal interviews – especially when the interviewee is likely to reap millions of dollars in income, if hired – this type of question (a) has nothing to do with the answer to the question, and, (b) has everything to do with the reaction by the person being interviewed.
    I’m confident that this happens all the time and the only reason it made the headlines, this time, is that someone took it out of context and made a public issue of it.
    Really? This is all you people have? Hey, I’ll wait for camps to begin to read REAL news if that’s what it takes.

  25. BigBear123 says: Apr 28, 2010 3:34 PM

    They are prospects and not employees. Wasn’t a good question but still out of the NFLPA jurisdiction until they sign a contract. Don’t know many Dolphin employees who get million dollar bonuses just to sign. He can suck it up and answer no comment.

  26. draftcop says: Apr 28, 2010 3:35 PM

    I still don’t know how a bunch of extremely rich guys who all have their own individual contract specific to each individual player constitues a union. They all need to spend some time working in a coal mine an off shore oil rig, nothing but a bunch of spoiled brats.

  27. Phinatic says: Apr 28, 2010 3:35 PM

    Tell these people to join the military and go to basic training. See what kind of questions are asked there, and tell me if you feel degraded afterwords. It’s a part of the business, just like it is for the military. Try to push you until you break to see what kind of person you are. Bryant chose to persue a career in the NFL. If that’s what it takes, quit F*CKING CRYING about it. There are a lot worse things you could be doing, while making a lot less money! I have no sympathy for Bryant. The Dolphins wanted to see how he would react to a question. It plays into a person’s character. He obviously didn’t react the way they wanted him to or they would have drafted him. Anyway,

  28. johanneschimpo says: Apr 28, 2010 3:37 PM

    If I’m spending millions on a dude, I want to know if his mom is a hooker.
    Tired of the argument that playing football is just like any other profession, because it’s not.

  29. Matt Cribbin says: Apr 28, 2010 3:38 PM

    How was it a stereotype? It was wrong to ask but dudes mom was a junkie. What if it’s a positive stereotype? Is it still wrong to ask about it? And you can’t bring up being a “man” in buisness letter. In the buisness world being a “man” just means you have testicles.

  30. ratbirdsrcriminals says: Apr 28, 2010 3:39 PM

    If the person was being interviewed for the front office, the Dolphins also wouldn’t be looking to pay the individual a 10-20 million dollar signing bonus either.

  31. robert ethan says: Apr 28, 2010 3:41 PM

    DeMaurice is pandering to his constituency. He makes Barack Obama working Mississippi seem dignified by comparison.

  32. DaBeast says: Apr 28, 2010 3:41 PM

    Ireland is lucky he doesn’t have compound fractures all over his face. Some of those players drafted (black, Samoan, or white) would would have tagged him in the mouth. I have a few questions for Ireland and Goodell. Even if his mother was a prostitute, what the hell does that have to do with him playing on your team? You are drafting him, not her you idiot. Did you ask any of the other players (white or black) whether their moms were prostitutes or whores? If not, then a class action lawsuit should be filed against the Miami Dolphins for blatant discrimination (with all proceeds going to a battered and abused women fund).
    And Roger Goodell!? How can you possibly let a blatantly offensive hypocrisy like this stand. You suspended Ben Roethlisberger for 6 games for stupidity and offensive conduct. THis GM should get the same or worse treatment by you. Because he has exposed the entire NFL and one of its storied franchises to big time legal risk. I’m sure Dez Bryant just wants to move on with his career and life in Dallas. But I’m equally sure a ton of lawyers are trying right now to persuade his mother and other family members to sue the hell out of Miami!
    Bottom line is this. If Miami was that concerned about Bryant’s mother. they shouldn’t have even invited him in for an interview. And if they asked no one else (recruit or staff personnel) the same question, they could be in very big legal trouble! This guy Ireland was unfocused, undisciplined and incompetent. You are evaluating Dez Bryant as a player for your team. Not his mother! Whatever bad influence she may have had on him was irrelevant because he was obviously focused on his own life and future.
    I suspect this issue is not going away for Miami, Tuna, or the NFL until they deal with Ireland just like they deal with abhorrent player or owner conduct. At the least, that guy should get a major fine from the Commish.

  33. Rex Ryan=Fat Twat says: Apr 28, 2010 3:42 PM

    who cares about dez bryant? all this talk about ditka and the dolphins should be spent on ricky williams. Ditka traded the saints 1999 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 rd picks along with its 1,3 rd picks in 2000 for ricky. Miami traded 1,4 rd picks in 2002 and 1,3 rd picks in 2003 for ricky. thats 4 1st rd picks along with several other early rd picks for ricky williams. thats something worth talking about. dez bryant? please

  34. gazretired says: Apr 28, 2010 3:43 PM

    The NFLPA was correct in speaking out about the egregious question asked by the Dolphins GM.

  35. Calir says: Apr 28, 2010 3:46 PM

    I bet anyone hired in the Dolphins front office was guarenteed money in the million dollar range. I’m also sure, with the background checks company’s are doing on people these days, that these potential front office employees wouldn’t even get in the door with the baggage that Bryant is bringing.

  36. Calir says: Apr 28, 2010 3:48 PM

    I bet anyone hired in the Dolphins front office was guarenteed money in the million dollar range. I’m also sure, with the background checks company’s are doing on people these days, that these potential front office employees wouldn’t even get in the door with the baggage that Bryant is bringing. Let’s stop the pity party already.

  37. sasso says: Apr 28, 2010 3:48 PM

    “We don’t disagree with anything Smith writes, although we’re not exactly sure what the intent of the statement is or whether he just wants some free publicity.”
    Actually…Rosenthal…the intent of Smith is simple…it’s callin out Ireland for not applying the golden rule. Ireland totally embarrassed himself and the organization

  38. TheOne says: Apr 28, 2010 3:50 PM

    That GM is a piece of work I say. Go Dez Bryant!!

  39. Chitown says: Apr 28, 2010 3:52 PM

    They are not business men. If they were they would not be guaranteed millions of dollars coming out of college. When they stop making millions without ever stepping on a field those types of questions will stop.

  40. Steeleheader says: Apr 28, 2010 3:54 PM

    Ireland doesn’t look at NFL players as human. He believes they are same as thoroughbred race horses and can be treated as such. Bought, trained, raced, sold, and put down when they no longer produce. The draft process does seem like a horse auction, but I think it’s good that the NFLPA said something. No excuse for asking that question regardless of the motivation.

  41. Klim clam says: Apr 28, 2010 3:55 PM

    What he’s saying is there is very little he can do about it! With this much media attention you would have thought they told him to strip down bend over spread your cheeks and give two big coughs, then fingered his bum hole. This mother with her selfish behavior is to blame for putting her son through this type of questioning, no different then any of OJ’s family members who will have to field questions for the rest of their lives.

  42. Insomniac says: Apr 28, 2010 3:58 PM

    If the NFL wants to handle this properly, they should fine Jeff Ireland, encourage all players that were interviewed this year that they are free to file a complaint if they felt they were asked an inappropriate question and that the NFL will investigate and act on (where appropriate) each complaint.
    In addition, I think that these players should also have the guts to simply tell the team not to draft them and leave. It’s unfortunate that Dez Bryant felt he had to just sit there and take it because if he had simply told them he doesn’t want to play for an organization that would ask such an inappropriate and offensive question they would’ve shredded him in the media until he could explain. By then, it would just add to the “diva”/character issues chatter surrounding him to begin with.

  43. RustyTrombone says: Apr 28, 2010 3:59 PM

    What kind of hair gel does Florio use? Guy must pull alot of tail………………

  44. GirthyOne says: Apr 28, 2010 4:00 PM

    Swivilhipsh makes and excellent point. How come we didn’t hear anything about discriminatory questions when Toby Gerhardt was asked if he feels entitled because he is wither there DeDe Smith?
    Swivelhipsh says:
    April 28, 2010 3:29 PM
    While I completely agree with Smith and do not condone actions such as Irelands, I cannot help but think why Smith did not step up earlier when two white players were asked discriminatory questions. It’s just as discriminatory to ask a white player if he feels entitled because he is white. I sure hope Smith continues his efforts to stand up for players, both black and white.

  45. ShootahCowboy says: Apr 28, 2010 4:00 PM

    @The Real Shuxion
    Great I.T. reference!!!

  46. Bob says: Apr 28, 2010 4:01 PM

    “Ireland never would have asked the same question to the women and men he’s hired to work in the Dolphins front office.”

    And Ireland never would have been giving millions of dollars in guaranteed to the women and men he’s hired to work in the Dolphins front office. You’re comparing apples and oranges.

  47. el_dude00 says: Apr 28, 2010 4:02 PM

    “We don’t disagree with anything Smith writes, although we’re not exactly sure what the intent of the statement is.”- GR
    “….but we also understand why a team would want to throw a player off guard. All of the top prospects use consultants now; it’s hard to get to the truth about a player in the limited exposure provided during pre-draft interviews. And then if someone gets under a guy’s skin on a key drive late in a playoff game and the guy swings a fist, the game — and the season — could be lost. “ – MF
    What happened to the value of throwing a player off guard? How are you supposed to wade through the coaching of all those pesky consultants. Surely businessmen and women practice for interviews. How the hell are we supposed to know how they are going to react if we can’t insult their parents?
    My bad. This is just a case of Greggers and Florio not consulting before they post on their site. Business as usual.

  48. oldschool says: Apr 28, 2010 4:02 PM

    take away a number two pick from the dolphins

  49. Deano says: Apr 28, 2010 4:02 PM

    When I go on an interview for a job that will pay me millions of dollars each year, they can ask me anything they want.
    From the employer’s standpoint, it’s better to ask the question and find out if the player has emotional issues BEFORE the player is hired.

  50. SATAN567 says: Apr 28, 2010 4:03 PM

    Dez Bryant deserved to be asked the question. It was a legitimate inquiry into his background to determine whether or not he has a genetic predisposition to finding prostitution an acceptable behavior/service. He could, in theory, contract an STD from a hooker, and spread it throughout the Dallas Cowboys locker room during gay activities, rendering the franchise defunct. We can’t have organizations defunct that are supposed to occupy a $1.5B stadium. Wait… this may make a lot of people happy.

  51. yomomma says: Apr 28, 2010 4:03 PM

    Now that the vultures have descended, Jeff Ireland is history.

  52. Brewster says: Apr 28, 2010 4:04 PM

    Enough already on this subject.
    florio, if you want some heavy hits how about another Favre story, or the new hit machine….Timmy Tebow. Isn’t it time for a another TT story?

  53. robert ethan says: Apr 28, 2010 4:06 PM

    Ireland is just a dumb whore mother!

  54. BoltsFan says: Apr 28, 2010 4:07 PM

    I am sick of hearing minorities whine about “stereotyping”. I don’t know too many white athletes whose mothers were whores, and I don’t know too many Scandinavians slithering across our southern borders. If a preponderance of evidence suggests that a certain characteristic is common among a certain population demographic, then it ISN’T stereotyping.

  55. CJ says: Apr 28, 2010 4:09 PM

    RustyTrombone says:
    April 28, 2010 3:27 PM
    Is it just me, or does Florio look a bit like a child molester?
    ____
    He probably would…if he could grow facial hair.

  56. dave says: Apr 28, 2010 4:12 PM

    this response assumes ireland doesn’t like the prostitution profession
    maybe he was just looking for a good time

  57. CJ says: Apr 28, 2010 4:14 PM

    Swivelhipsh says:
    April 28, 2010 3:29 PM
    While I completely agree with Smith and do not condone actions such as Irelands, I cannot help but think why Smith did not step up earlier when two white players were asked discriminatory questions. It’s just as discriminatory to ask a white player if he feels entitled because he is white. I sure hope Smith continues his efforts to stand up for players, both black and white.
    ___________
    Read DeSmith’s statement again. He said “for the past year” and not once specifically mentioned Bryant’s situation…but it IS interesting that Rosenthal only applied it to Bryant. Just because they’re both black doesn’t mean Smith only is defending Bryant in this case. Don’t be ridiculous. Of course, if no one asked a dumb question of Bryant, Rolle, or G. McCoy, THEN you could wonder if he’d stick up for Gerhart in the same way, but that hypothetical is irrelevant and a huge stretch. This statement was carefully phrased to avoid such accustations, but leave it to this site to stir up trouble. Good work by all. :)

  58. steelnuts says: Apr 28, 2010 4:16 PM

    why is this question getting so much attention and the question posed asking if a white RB felt entitled because he was white didn’t get hardly any attention?? I don’t agree that this question should have been asked about Dez’s mom, but seriously. People can ask or say whatever they want about a white person these days and its passed off as acceptable. But you ask something or say something about a black person and it’s an instant race issue and discrimination. Geez! People scream for equality and the end of racism, and then turn around and throw the race card to get attention or get ahead of someone else. Pathetic.

  59. robert ethan says: Apr 28, 2010 4:17 PM

    “Thank you for phoning in to inquire about the position, Mr. Smith. I’ll just get the application form out here, ..now what is your first name? Demorris? How do you spell that?
    D..e..capital M..a..u..r..i..c..e? Yo, Smitty, your Momma a pro, blood? Daddy in jail or on bail? Any outstanding warrants?”.

  60. overkil2 says: Apr 28, 2010 4:19 PM

    “Chapnasty2 says:
    April 28, 2010 3:23 PM
    Smith is implying that the question was asked to Bryant because he is black. And you know what, while I can’t stand Smith, the man makes a point.

    Really? How many other black college players do you think Ireland interviewed? How many other ones do you think he asked if their mother was a prostitute.
    Only the crack mama.
    Please get off your racial high horse. Every time something negative is associated with a black person it’s always racially motivated. The Black Athletes are the majority in the NFL so give it a fricken rest.

  61. HomelandDefense says: Apr 28, 2010 4:20 PM

    how is it stereotyping? I understand that its a ridiculous question to ask, but his mom was reported to be a drug dealer, and had him at 12. Its not too much of a leap to think she may have been a ho.
    Still a stupid question though

  62. racer-x says: Apr 28, 2010 4:22 PM

    Yeah, I don’t think the ‘real’ business men or world analogy applies here.
    I think if anyone is looking into paying you millions of dollars, they should be able to ask anything they damn want.

  63. jibfest says: Apr 28, 2010 4:24 PM

    I’m sure the mother is calling him now that he is about to sign the contract. She won’t have to sell herself on the streets……as much anymore. Typical.

  64. rsa says: Apr 28, 2010 4:28 PM

    Q: Was your mother a prostitute?
    A: Man, we’re _all_ prostitutes.

  65. tombrookshire says: Apr 28, 2010 4:29 PM

    In the corporate world this could never happen without a lawsuit following. Ireland had no right to ask the question, and Bryant had no responsibility to answer it, either. There are specific questions that an employer is never allowed to ask. Questions that deal with personal issues outside of the employee’s ability to do the job are off limits. Because these players are contractors, per se, and certain aspects of employment law may not apply here, there may be no repercussions to Ireland or the team. However, it should be made abundantly clear to all NFL team executives that prying into a player’s private life in such a way puts the organization and the NFL at risk of a lawsuit, especially if discrimation can be proven. But if nothing else, it is just inappropriate to embarrass and alienate a kid for something that had nothing to do with him. Some say he may have had some role in her prostitution. Whether he did or not is between himself and his mother, if there was never contact with the judicial system.

  66. chris says: Apr 28, 2010 4:32 PM

    Wondering how this is any different then another GM asking” do you wear a “g”-string or jock or boxers”? How is that ANY DIFFERENT? Let us all jump on the bandwagon now…OMG someone asked if his mother was a ho..who the crist cares…all you high on your horse..discrimation BS..crap…What would happen in the interview if a female asked another female ” do u wear a “g”-string,panites,colored or white or boxers or none at all”?
    New candidate for dumbest question asked to prospect
    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on April 9, 2010 11:22 AM ET
    First, we had the deserter question to Myron Rolle. Then, the G-string or jock strap quandary posed to Gerald McCoy.
    The latest nominee in most ridiculous thing posed to an incoming rookie comes from James Madison outside linebacker Arthur Moats, who passes along this story to Patriots Daily.
    “I was with the Redskins, and the guy asked me, if I’m coming into camp, I’m 30 minutes early, I’m sitting in the front row of the meeting room. Brian Orakpo walks in and says, “That’s my chair.” Am I going to get up and give him my spot, or am I going to sit there and fight him for a chair?” Moats said.
    Moats’ answer to the team gives a window into his soul. Or it’s totally worthless.
    “You know, I was just like, I’ll slide over, because I mean, he’s the million-dollar man; it’s not that important. So he was like, ‘Oh, so you’re scared of him?’ And I was like, no. And he was like, ‘So why don’t you go fight him?’ There was kind of like no right answer to the question and everything, the way he was asking it.”
    Not fighting Brian Orakpo generally seems like a smart play.

  67. DanRooney says: Apr 28, 2010 4:39 PM

    Might as well take a 2nd round pick away from the Dolphins. It’s not like they know how to use them anyway. I mean the last guy they drafted was who? Pat White? lolz.

  68. jibfest says: Apr 28, 2010 4:40 PM

    BoltsFan says:
    April 28, 2010 4:07 PM
    I am sick of hearing minorities whine about “stereotyping”. I don’t know too many white athletes whose mothers were whores, and I don’t know too many Scandinavians slithering across our southern borders. If a preponderance of evidence suggests that a certain characteristic is common among a certain population demographic, then it ISN’T stereotyping.
    –Preach brother. In regards to the scandinavians or the real culprits to the illegal immigration, what do you expect? They can’t provide a valid argument as to why they should be here. The solution? whine about racism.

  69. dietrich43 says: Apr 28, 2010 4:41 PM

    dirtyredd said:
    April 28, 2010 3:26 PM
    “Dez should have ask Ireland was his wife a former prostitute.”
    And the answer is, “No, she’s still working.”
    Jeff Ireland came home from a scouting trip, and there were a pile of dimes on the night stand. He asked his wife, “Who’s the cheap bastard that left all those dimes?” She answered, “All of them.”
    Thank you, and remember to tip your waitresses.
    No, you wouldn’t ask an executive if his mom was a prostitute. You also wouldn’t ask Dez to explain how he made the company more money by downsizing, outsourcing, streamlining production, etc.
    So, Smith is outraged because someone asks a black player if his mom was a prostitute, but not that someone asked a white running back if he felt entitled because he is white? I guess next year, Ireland needs to ask some white players if there moms are prostitutes just so Jesse Jackson doesn’t call.

  70. dietrich43 says: Apr 28, 2010 4:44 PM

    oldschool said:
    April 28, 2010 4:02 PM
    “take away a number two pick from the dolphins”
    Or worse. Make them start JaMarcus Russell all season.

  71. bs4105 says: Apr 28, 2010 4:50 PM

    I don’t know if anyone has said this yet, but the question was asked to a prospect and not an NFL player. He had not been drafted and he had not signed a contract, so it is completely out of the NFLPA’s jurisdiction.

  72. BrownsClown says: Apr 28, 2010 4:55 PM

    During his interview with the Cleveland Browns General Manager Phil Savage asked Braylon Edwards if his hands were paralyzed.
    He said yes.
    Savage drafted him with the third pick in the first round.

  73. jibfest says: Apr 28, 2010 4:56 PM

    The kids mother had three kids by the time she was 18, no I don’t buy that for a, yes I do. It happens more than not.

  74. .Vox Veritas. says: Apr 28, 2010 5:09 PM

    “DeMaurice is pandering to his constituency. He makes Barack Obama working Mississippi seem dignified by comparison.”
    Mississippi voted for McCain in ’08. Maybe you meant New York, California, Massachusetts, or Pennsylvania.

  75. drbob1117 says: Apr 28, 2010 5:11 PM

    Can’t have it both ways; if Goodell is going to fine/suspend players from everything from dancing in the end zone, to pretending to call home after a TD, to wearing headbands or the wrong color sneaker, then the front offices should be held to a standard of professionalism. Ireland knew that kids background, he could have just said ” Look, we have some concerns about making such a large committment to someone whose past indicates that there could be future issues”, and then discussed it with him like a gentlemen. Instead he chose to broach the subject the way a twelve year old would broach it. It’s incumbent upon the Commish to remind the Dolphins that they are professionals who are expected to conduct job interviews in an intelligent , straightforward and adult manner.

  76. ARJR1 says: Apr 28, 2010 5:13 PM

    “CJV123 says:
    April 28, 2010 3:28 PM
    How do you know Ireland would not have asked that of another Black woman or man seeking employment with the Dolphins front-office?”
    ==================================
    Because maybe he can get away with saying that to a player which I have my doubts but he undoubtedly knows for a front office gig, he’s setting himself and the Dolphins organization for a lawsuit if he did.

  77. Tlav says: Apr 28, 2010 5:27 PM

    It’s been reported his mother is a crack-head who has been in and out of jail. I therefore think that any friends and/or family members of a potential player are free game to inquiry.

  78. jimicos says: Apr 28, 2010 5:28 PM

    “NFL teams cannot have the free reign to ask questions during the interview process which can be categorized as stereotyping or which may bring a personal insult to any player as a man.”
    ———————–
    Stereotyping? Really? His mom was a drug-dealing drug-addicted felon, right? Isn’t it possible she was/is a prostitute? PC gone wild.

  79. iusedtobeteddybayer says: Apr 28, 2010 5:29 PM

    @RustyTrombone says: April 28, 2010 3:27 PM
    Is it just me, or does Florio look a bit like a child molester?
    Gee, RustyTrombone, you’re the one named Rusty Trombone. You would know.
    But more to the point of the post, here is a list of 23 things an prospective employer CANNOT ask prospective employees:
    Age
    birth date
    previous address
    length of address
    residence owned or rented
    name of priest or rabbi
    fathers surname
    foreign languages
    with whom candidate lives
    marriage, divcorced, single status
    children
    children’s ages
    who minds the kids
    where spouse or parent works or resides
    method of getting to work
    any loans outstanding
    ever had wages garnisheeed
    ever been arrested
    ever served in armed forces of antoher country
    how he or she spends spare time
    club memberships
    do not ask females their maiden name
    do not ask anyone if their for or against unions
    So, if you wanna axe some kid if his mother is a prostitute, go ahead. Dummy. What difference will the answer make?

  80. C-Student says: Apr 28, 2010 5:35 PM

    i knew a chick that interviewed with the dolphins to be the team fluffer. she said jeff ireland just kept asking about her credit history and how many times she was late to work at her last job. nothing about her experience as a fluffer.
    weird.

  81. tombrookshire says: Apr 28, 2010 5:39 PM

    @dietrich43
    I guess next year, Ireland needs to ask some white players if there moms are prostitutes just so Jesse Jackson doesn’t call.
    ___________________________________
    Not only to avoid Jesse’s scrutiny, but a lawsuit and possible congressional scrutiny, as well. If it could be shown in court that Ireland asked the question in order to discriminate, he can be liable for discrimation based on race, unless he asked the question of EVERYONE. He would also have to demonstrate the value of asking such a question. If an investigation reveals that he asked only African American players that question, he would be liable for discrimination if an adverse effect of answering, or not answering, the question was damaging to the player’s employability.

  82. .Vox Veritas. says: Apr 28, 2010 5:56 PM

    “Stereotyping? Really? His mom was a drug-dealing drug-addicted felon, right? Isn’t it possible she was/is a prostitute?”
    Sure. Just like it’s possible that your mom was/is a prostitute.

  83. jimicos says: Apr 28, 2010 5:58 PM

    drbob1117 says:
    April 28, 2010 5:11 PM
    Can’t have it both ways; if Goodell is going to fine/suspend players from everything from dancing in the end zone, to pretending to call home after a TD, to wearing headbands or the wrong color sneaker, then the front offices should be held to a standard of professionalism. Ireland knew that kids background, he could have just said ” Look, we have some concerns about making such a large committment to someone whose past indicates that there could be future issues”, and then discussed it with him like a gentlemen. Instead he chose to broach the subject the way a twelve year old would broach it. It’s incumbent upon the Commish to remind the Dolphins that they are professionals who are expected to conduct job interviews in an intelligent , straightforward and adult manner.
    ————————-
    There you go assuming you know exactly how the question was asked.

  84. .Vox Veritas. says: Apr 28, 2010 5:59 PM

    “I’m sure the mother is calling him now that he is about to sign the contract. She won’t have to sell herself on the streets……as much anymore. Typical. ”
    Oh, how nice. Construct an imagined scenario, present it as fact and declare it typical.

  85. GoBrowns19 says: Apr 28, 2010 6:01 PM

    These aren’t cashiers they are hiring. They are paying ungodly amounts of money to people and investing their own livlihoods into these decisions. If they want to see if a guy can take any kind of ribbing that could possibly be dished out and ask an outlandish question to get to that conclusion, so be it.

  86. stanjam says: Apr 28, 2010 6:20 PM

    What the league SHOULD say:
    “It is inappropriate to ask a potential or current player any question that may be seen as personal in matter, or an invasion of privacy where such question does not have an immediate impact on the player’s ability to play football at the professional level.”
    And leave it at that. This allows for questions like “Do you smoke pot/use drugs,” or “Are YOU a prostitute or engaged in any illegal activities,” but clearly delineates that asking about the activities of one’s family is out of bounds.
    Corporate America is already too far inside our private lives. The NFL should look to set an example of proper behavior here, and not further infringe upon our rights of reasonable privacy.

  87. jimicos says: Apr 28, 2010 6:27 PM

    “Smith’s use of the word businessmen is fair. Ireland never would have asked the same question to the women and men he’s hired to work in the Dolphins front office.”
    ————————-
    Then again, Ireland would never pay someone in the front office tens of millions of dollars for a few years’ work.

  88. jimicos says: Apr 28, 2010 6:30 PM

    .Vox Veritas. says:
    April 28, 2010 5:56 PM
    Sure. Just like it’s possible that your mom was/is a prostitute.
    ————————-
    It’s all about context and evidence. Do you have any reason to suspect my mother might be a prostitute?
    As most regulars on this site would attest, the evidence suggests you’re a Jerry Jones come-slurping idiot. But no one asks.
    We already know.

  89. realityonetwo says: Apr 28, 2010 6:47 PM

    From what we’ve all heard about Dez’s mama, sounds like Ireland was paying her a compliment…

  90. DocBG says: Apr 28, 2010 6:51 PM

    by the time these interviews are happening, the teams are looking to see how players handle the mental pressures that come with playing in the NFL, they probably have enough film to evaluate the player in question, and may have just wanted to see how the guy would react to something like that, or it is entirely possible that he wanted to know if the mom DID have issues, so there wouldn’t be a situation like what came up with Joba Chamberlins mom with the yankee’s.
    If the player in questions is as offended as the media is playing this up to be, then they DO NOT have to sign with that team, but dont be a cry baby about it now.
    to be fair to the player, it doesnt sound like he’s the one complaining about it, more like the media working at the behest of de smith to drive the masses anger.

  91. EskinSux says: Apr 28, 2010 7:02 PM

    Ireland…..Was/is your mom a prostitute?
    Bryant……Well, no, actually she was the Dolphins VP of college scouting when they took Ted Ginn with the 9th pick in the first round.
    Anymore dumbass questions….dumbass?

  92. Bious says: Apr 28, 2010 7:53 PM

    Teams have a right to ask harsh questions to find out what the players will do
    But there is a line…and Ireland crossed it big time
    If they can’t figure out a question that goes deep YET doesn’t insult the player….then don’t ask it.

  93. dietrich43 says: Apr 28, 2010 9:26 PM

    The more that I think about it, the more that I’m surprised Dallas didn’t ask him the same question, with the follow-up, “…’cause Michael Irvin asked for her number.”

  94. contract says: Apr 29, 2010 6:48 AM

    I’m sure that Tony Washington loved having to discuss his incestuous relations with his sister.
    Guys like Ireland get paid to ask these prospects uncomfortable questions.

  95. shaunypoo says: Apr 29, 2010 7:03 AM

    BoltsFan says:
    April 28, 2010 4:07 PM
    If a preponderance of evidence suggests that a certain characteristic is common among a certain population demographic, then it ISN’T stereotyping.
    DING DING DING

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