Let's not go overboard giving Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland credit for manning up and apologizing to Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant for asking him if his mom was a prostitute during pre-draft interviews.
What else was he going to do? It was out there in the public thanks to a story by Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports.
If it wouldn't have come to light, Ireland would not be apologizing. That's the problem. It should have never come to that.
Ireland was out of line with the question in the first place. He simply went to far in his zest to find out everything he needed to know about a draft prospect. Some people want to blame the NFL and it's uncover-every-stone interrogation process. But that is no excuse for being crass and disrespectful.
Bryant didn't deserve that. His mom didn't deserve that. Instead of giving Bryant credit for overcoming a tough upbringing and reaching this point in spite of it all, Ireland had to go there.
Ireland was the Cowboys scouting director before going to the Dolphins as general manager. He came across as a good guy. That's why this whole ordeal is disappointing.
It wreaks of racial stereotypes that certainly have no place in a league filled with players who overcame rough upbringings.
Bryant's mother had him when she was 15. She sold drugs and spent time in jail. That Bryant is here should be considered a success.
By all accounts he has not been in trouble with the law. He has no known history of alcohol or substance use, let alone abuse.
His biggest so called crime was lying to the NCAA about having dinner with former Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders. The dinner did not violate NCAA rules. But a nervous Bryant lied because he thought it was and was subsequently declared ineligible for his final season at Oklahoma State.
Ireland's question makes you some what understand why a nervous Bryant may have distrusted the NCAA and why he felt he had to lie.
It also shows you that Bryant, whose supposed character concerns scared teams away from drafting him, has a lot restraint. Because nobody should be allowed to disrespect your mother and get away with it.
But the answer to Ireland's out of line question was no.
What difference would the answer have made it anyway. If Bryant would have said yes, what does that have to do with him and his ability to play football.
It was a question that should have never been asked that had no business being asked. Apologizing after the fact rings hollow.