I’m Not Dumbfounded But Thankfully I’ve Never Been Interviewed By Jeff Ireland ……………..
Well the NFL Draft has come and gone and a great many fans out there are either satisfied or completely satisfied with the choices made by their team . Now if your a Miami Dolphins’ fan I’m not about to offer my condolences on the fact that you have a dip-shit as a GM in Jeff Ireland . What this guy brings to the table God only knows . But one way or another Team President Head Of Football Operations Bill Parcells may have seen something positive in this dick-wad ?
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One can only surmise what chief general partner and principal owner Stephen M. Ross must now be thinking after inexcusable behavior of Ireland in his interview of rookie Dez Bryant out of Oklahoma State ? The player would end up being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys as the 24th pick overall in the first round of the NFL Draft . Front office asides is there now any common sense within the Dolphins’ organization ? Even with its smorgasbord of big named celebrities and sports stars amongst the owners of the team. The ominous stench now set forth by this shebang can only allude the fact that Ireland seems to have forgotten that Gloria and Emilio Estefan , as as well as Serena and Venus Williams are high profiled minorities who are well known within the community. And as minority stakeholders in the team they ought to be offered an apology for his utterly inappropriate remarks.
Courtesy of CBS News
Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland Sorry for Dez Bryant Mom-Hooker Question
By Sean Alfano of CBS News
Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland is saying sorry to wide receiver Dez Bryant, but he might consider adding a thank you for not having his lights punched out last month.
During pre-draft interviews where, according to Yahoo Sports blogger Mike Silver, front-office talent mavens probe potential picks with sometimes mind-boggling questions, Ireland asked Bryant if his mother had ever been a prostitute.
Bryant, not shockingly, was offended by the comment and reportedly responded with a curt, “No.”
Realizing his faux pas (after the question became public, of course), Ireland issued this statement:
“My job is to find out as much information as possible about a player that I’m consider drafting. 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. I certainly meant no disrespect and apologized to him.
“I appreciate his acceptance of that apology and I told him I wished him well as he embarks on his NFL career.”
The Cowboys grabbed Bryant, a standout wide receiver at Oklahoma State, with the 24th overall pick last week. He missed most of his final season at Oklahoma State because he lied to the NCAA about a meeting he had with Deion Sanders.
Maybe Ireland thinks most liars are the spawn of prostitute moms.
According to Silver, some other questions posed to players include the kind of underwear they play in (G-string or jock strap), asking a Rhodes Scholar (Myron Rolle, Florida State) how he felt deserting his team for England and whether a white running back (Toby Gerhart, Stanford) felt “entitled” because of his race.
Is the famed Wunderlic test no longer the best interrogation tool?
In any case, Ireland may want to call in sick Sept. 2 and skip Miami’s preseason game at Dallas.
Ireland in an initial interview that took place at Land Shark/Sun Life Stadium , home to the team . The general manager asked the player a rather sensitive and impertinent question ! That question being ………….” is your mother a prostitute” ? What this question has to do with Bryant’s psyche or talents as a potential hiree of the team, has about as much relevance as the color of the sun might be to a blind man. But somehow this jackass thought it relevant ? What Bryant may well have thought about the question when it was first posed to him , we shall never know.
Ireland having offered a profound apology to the player, it would appear that he doesn’t believe it also involves offering one also the Dez Bryant’s mother. But somehow this will be all glossed over as nothing more than an impromptu and rather blase’ off the cuff remark ! Had this been an “African American NFL executive” asking this of a Caucasian prospect . One wonders what the firestorm created might be ? Never mind the fact that this could have been viewed as “Ireland being racially insensitive” apart from showing obviously poor judgment and utter stupidity on his part .
No public statement has been made by Parcells or anyone else within the Dolphins’ front office on the matter. And NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell , given his stance on how he views the image of the NFL . It appears somewhat absurd that he has said nothing at all on the matter. I guess he either suborns this sort of stupidity or when he’s ready he’ll take center stage and make a rather innocuous statement regarding the matter. Given his take and how less than forthright initially he had been concerning the “Ben Roethlisberger Affair” . One wonders whether or not Goodell actually gives a damn as how women are perceived by his members ?
And for the Dolphins coming off their rather disastrous 7-9 season within the AFC East in 2009. Failing to make the playoffs having won the division in 2008 , the team merely regressed rather than moving forward.
For coach Tony Sparano and his coaching staff , this upcoming season won’t just be about assessing the young rookie prospects brought in by the club but also about the pickups made via free agency and whether the departures from the club were the right decisions made by him and his staff.
Chad Henne is now entrusted as the “signal caller” for the team at the quarterback position . And with his namesake Chad Pennington once again having to overcome another injury. One had better hope that Henne is up to the challenge of leading this team . Oh by the way Sportschump , I think I ought to remind you that Henne’s thoughts on Tim Tebow , is that he’s not an NFL ready quarterback , much less ready to even wear a protective cup. I hope you don’t take that to heart but those words can be attributed to Henne ! The team also acquired restrictive free agent Brandon Marshall via trade from the Denver Broncos . As to whether not this receiving corps immediately becomes better remains to be seen.
If the club has an “Achilles’ heel” then it must be on the defensive side of things. They’ve been an inconsistent mess . And not even with former defensive end Jason Taylor no longer with the team, having signed with the New York Jets . The preseason and regular season will tell us a great deal about this team , the organization in general and the direction that it is going in. And while there’s no doubt that Bill Parcells’ imprints are all over the team in terms of the assembly of the roster. You get the impression that while Parcells now oversees the day to operations of the club. It is now being left to Jeff Ireland to deal with the personnel .and now to make the prudent decisions.
Do you get the impression that had Dez Bryant been chosen by the Dolphins , his mother might be in for a torrid time courtesy of Jeff Ireland ? As the saying goes ……..”once you’ve had black you never go back”. Thankfully, that won’t be the case for Dez Bryant but he’ll now have to deal with Jerry Jones ? I guess you can’t win ’em all !
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What thoughts if any do you have with regard to the behavior shown by Dolphins’ GM Jeff Ireland and how do you see the team’s upcoming season progressing within the AFC East ? As and when ready I’ll look forward to reading your comments and responding accordingly. And once again thanks always for the continued support as it’s greatly appreciated !
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