On the same day that Jim Trotter of SI.com reported — and a large chunk of the football-following world accepted without scrutiny — that Dolphins G.M. Jeff Ireland asked receiver Dez Bryant if his mother was a prostitute after he volunteered that his father is a pimp and that his mother works for him, Bryant called the “context” information provided on an off-the-record basis by the Dolphins “a lie.”
Ed Werder of ESPN reports that Bryant was resolute in two separate discussions regarding the story that the Dolphins have been pushing privately and without anyone from the organization going on the record. The franchise’s official position, as we pointed out earlier today, is that it doesn’t know where the leaked report came from. (We’ve got a feeling no one on the business side of the operation has the nerve to ask V.P. of football operations Bill Parcells whether he knows anything about the situation.)
Meanwhile, Bryant separately told Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports that the unnamed Dolphins sources are “lying,” and that Bryant did not say his father is a pimp.
Again, we realize that Bryant has lied in the past. But football coaches and executives lie all the time. More importantly, in this case Bryant is providing his position directly. The Dolphins aren’t. Unless and until Ireland, Parcells, or someone else repeats the team’s unofficial version of the events via a written statement or a press conference, we’re going to believe the guy who has opted not to hide behind anonymity.
Bottom line? Several years after a Cowboys receiver named Bryant reportedly threw a jersey in Parcells’ face, another Cowboys receiver named Bryant is cramming his foot up the rear end of the Tuna’s current organization. Why do we have a feeling that Jerry Jones is secretly loving every minute of it?