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
NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith criticized
“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
“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