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April 28, 2010

Just CHILL: Jeff Ireland rebuked by the NFLPA and will be investigated by Dolphins owner Steve Ross for his inappopriate question to Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant

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The NFL Players Association rebuked Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland for asking Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant if his mother was a prostitute in a pre-draft interview and Dolphins owner Steve Ross  has vowed to investigate the matter, hinting at possible discipline.   

 

"Jeff Ireland has already apologized for questions asked of former Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant," Ross said in a statement. "I will be looking into this matter personally and will take appropriate actions if necessary."

 

 NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith criticized Ireland in a statement and called for teams to handle interviews with players and rookie prospects in a more professional manner.

 

 “We need to make sure the men of this league are treated as businessmen," Smith said. "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. 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.”

 

Ross said said: "In interviewing employees, we always look to obtain relevant and appropriate information in adherence with the best industry practices.”

 

 NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has yet to formally weigh in on the subject. Goodell has been clear about holding players and league personnel to a higher standard when it comes to personal conduct  and the league's image

 

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello released an official statement from the league, stating that they will support Ross and his handling of the matter while denouncing Ireland's insensitive and inappropriate question.

   “Steve Ross’s statement makes clear that the Miami Dolphins intend to address this matter promptly in an effective and thoughtful way," read the statement from Aiello. "To his credit, Jeff Ireland recognizes that he exercised poor judgment in asking an insensitive and inappropriate question of Dez Bryant.  He took the proper step of calling Dez Bryant to apologize and then making that apology public.” 

 

Bryant was drafted 24th overall by the Cowboys in 2010 NFL Draft last Thursday. He was a top 10 talent who dropped in the draft because of supposed character concerns.  Bryant has not had any criminal problems or a history with substance abuse.

 

His biggest so called crime is lying the NCAA about having dinner with Deion Sanders. The dinner was legal but Bryant was ruled ineligible for his final season at Oklahoma State for lying to the NCAA.

 

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"Having dinner with Neon Deion" is a character issue? Thank you you morons running other NFL teams and you simple-minded, ivory-tower misanthropes controlling the NCAA. Because of your misguided, uneducated small minds, we now have the best player in the 2010 NFL Draft--Dezi Bryant.

Dezi, you better watch your back--there are gonna be psychos, just like the people above, that are gonna try to knock you down in anyway they can even after you settle in as a model citizen at the end of your Dallas Cowboy Rookie season. Why you could go out to dinner with the Queen of England and they will try to make it look somehow bad.

It's a shame that people in positions that should require some modicum of intellect will try to knock a kid down when they know that kid rose up to overcome sad, insurmountable obstacles to make something of himself. If any of those wealthy misanthropes above endured Dezi's upbringing they would have been dead long ago!

Dezi's a HERO in my book! I hope he becomes a multi-SB winning hero with the Da' Boyz as well!

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