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The Jeff Ireland and Dez Bryant Saga and Other News: What A Mess!

Yesterday, a story was broken that revealed Dolphins general manager as the guy who asked now Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant “if his mom was a prostitute”. The story was broken by Michael Silver, of Yahoo Sports, and I cannot express more on how bad, and one-sided the article was.

Silver highlights the worst part of the story, making Ireland, and the whole Fins front office out to be bad guys. We of course know otherwise. Silver mentions once in this article that there is a possibility that Ireland was trying to break Bryant down in this interview, to see what Bryant’s reaction would be.

The question that was asked was nevertheless wrong, and a line was crossed,but that does not mean that Ireland is an “A-list, A-Hole” as Silver writes in his article. Ireland has since apologized to Bryant, and Bryant has accepted it, so we should all move on from this event.

But the fact that Silver brings up this story after the draft, and after the fact that all of the pre-draft questions are no longer relevant to anything that would go on the rest of the pre-season, Silver wants this story to be big, so his name can be big.

In bringing the full story to light, Silver makes his name bigger than it it. He in turn, is embarrassing the Bryant family way more than Ireland did by asking the question, because Silver was the person who spread the story to all of America, so now in turn, most of America now wonders whether Bryant’s mother is a prostitute.

Ireland never spread the story. Bryant obviously was not as angry as he claims, or else he would have spoken up sooner, and not just when a reporter comes around asking.

As far as what Ireland has to say on the topic, he did apologize, and made a statement yesterday:

“My job is to find out as much information as possible about a player that I’m considering drafting,” Ireland said in the statement. “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.” Ireland said he meant no disrespect.

“I appreciate his acceptance of that apology, and I told him I wished him well as he embarks on his NFL career.”

This shows class in his apology, but whether Ireland would have apologized to Dez if this story was not broken remains to be seen.

But all of this does not matter. I am perfectly fine with my general manager trying to get to know a prospect that he is interested in drafting some personal questions. Ireland’s question WAS inappropriate, and should have not been said, but he can learn from his mistake, and stick to the less personal, and negative questions.

Ireland was trying to do his job, and was trying to break Dez down, and at the most, try and see what his reaction would be to the question. Dez has said that he was angry over the question that Ireland posed, but yet he kept his composure.

Silver is simply making a story out of a topic that is old news.

Many others over the past couple of days have criticized Ireland for his “lack of people skills”. I choose to not, because while I know that this regime has a “Our way or the highway” approach, which often can rub the fans the wrong way.

Ireland is simply doing his job, as our the rest of the front office. Their job is to make sure that they get the best prospect that they can at their position in the draft, and that their selection is not a bust because of mental issues that the one player may have because of his past, or home issues.

The question that Ireland asked crossed the line, no doubt in my mind, but the man was simply trying to do his job, and we should not call him reckless names, and criticize the man for a mistake that he made, in trying to do his job effectively.


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