My Jeff Ireland Opinion


So Jeff Ireland has received a lot of unwanted press the last few days. I almost posted on it when it broke, but instead I waited until I had a chance to see what the NFL and Stephen Ross were going to do. After 3 days of some of the worst media coverage…you would think he got drunk and hit Bill Parcells…I have come to one conclusion.

So freaking what!

So he asked an incoming rookie, WR Dez Bryant, with a seriously scarred upbringing if his mother ‘was’ a prostitute. Not ‘is”. “Was”. So what.

So he issued a media statement on the subject in the form of a team release. Big deal. So what. Who cares.

What he did do was call the Cowboys, ask permission to speak with Bryant, called Bryant and apologized.

The funny thing is this. Bryant said he was mad. “Very mad” at the question but didn’t let it show. Yet he still felt the need to tell someone in the media who already has made a circus out of Dez Bryant.

Not exactly the smartest thing.

I have been to a hundred job interviews and while I can’t recall ever being asked if my mother was a prostitute, I have been asked some rather unexpected personal comments including how many times during the course of a shift do I use the bathroom for something other than urination. WTF?

See, we all have been asked weird questions in interviews but the difference is this. The company wasn’t setting themselves up with a multi-million dollar investment in my history and my families history.

There are probably a few reasons why Jeff Ireland asked what he did and personally it’s his own business. Why? Because it’s his bosses money he was going to spend. Doesn’t matter if Bryant is black, white, hispanic, or any other nationality, he had his reasons.

What if his mother was a prostitute? What if that was something that the Bryant family desperately wanted to keep secret? What if because of her prostitution she had things being held over her head that could result in someone from that past resurfacing and making demands…say “tell your son to drop some balls”.

Who knows. But more importantly who cares. The only thing this has done is take the focus of the media away from Ben Roethlisberger.

Knowing the personality of Stephen Ross and the image he want’s to portray as a new owner, Ireland will likely be slapped with some sort of internal fine or reprimand and that will lead the media writers to scream BS. I would simply leave it alone. PERIOD. It’s not like he took a camera and filmed his mother to find out, or an opposing defense.

Big deal. So what. Who cares.

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  • Derick

    There isn’t any doubt Jeff Ireland shouldn’t have asked the question. If he was just trying to test his reaction, there are other ways of doing it. ESPN on the otherhand has been so rediculous with the amount of attention to the story, that I cant stand the network. I hope that they move on soon and talk more about our schedule and team this year. My opinion is that if the Dolphins are 4-4 through the first 8 games we will be in good shape. The second has a lot of games we should be favored.

  • J

    This has to be the most asinine thing I’ve read in a while. You admit in your first paragraph that he asked if she “was” a prostitute implying she no longer is. Why would this be important to anyone? How does this tell you one bit about how someone is going to perform on Sundays? Was there some off the field issue that made this relevant at all? The fact that he had a rough upbringing and is in a position to get drafted as a high draft pick should be celebrated.

    This question was the equivalent of someone asking Tebow if he was molested as a child by a priest/pastor since he’s a devout Christian. Or if he believes in imaginary friends. Or if the world started with Adam and Eve.

    Then you try to excuse it by saying you were asked on an interview about how many times you take a dump? If I was asked that, I’d walk out and answer “I just took one on your job opening”. You guys who act like this is ok just because you’re on a job interview have the integrity of a prostitute. You then proceed to “justify” it by using the “multi-million dollar investment in my history and my families history” old and tired canard. How did that sterling “family history” work out with Ted Ginn Jr champ? He took the millions and sucked anyway.

    Was Parcells asked about a drunk brother in his family? Or if his father beat him? Was Ireland asked that? Was the background check into those guys any deeper than a credit check and talking to the former teams they worked for? Were their family backgrounds checked out at all? Meanwhile they make more than most of the players on the team and they have GUARANTEED contracts. See the ex SF GM if you think those guys don’t have issues too. If Andy Reid is fired after this season and joins Holmgren in Cleveland, should questions be asked of him about why his kids are on drugs and major league F Ups? How about Tony Dungy, should we ask him why his son thought it was a smart decision to kill himself and if Tony feels like a failure as a father because of it? You’d be ok with that? Is that an acceptable line of questioning? Was it OK to ask about Sarah Palin’s kids during the last election? Or if Obama’s mother had jungle fever? Where does it stop?

  • Deof Movestofca

    While I think the issue is serious enough that it merits a fine so that others in the future might be less willing to repeat such an offense, I wouldn’t go beyond that. He admitted he was wrong, he apologized, and Bryant accepted the apology.

  • Shawn

    It seems this comes out after Jerry Jones little screw up. Do you think Bryant would have cared if drafted by the Dolphins at 12 this year instead of the Cowboys later in the first round? Big contract at 12 would have dried his tears.

  • Phillip

    Is this the same guy that treated Jason Taylor, and Zack Thomas so bad. He should have knocked his damn teeth out. love my dolphins but I am ashamed of the front office. They treat their on people bad. If I was a player I wouldn’t want to play for them.

  • dashall

    Tx,

    I agree. Who cares about Dez Bryant? He is not playing for the Dolphins and is Jerry Jones’ problem, not ours.