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Jeff Ireland Harassed By Dolphins Fans

 

Aug 29, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland looks on prior to a game against the New Orleans Saints at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

In the past twenty four hours, an image of Jeff Ireland’s business card appeared on Twitter.  This has been tweeted and retweeted, and shared amongst Twitter followers.  YouTube videos showed up online with individuals leaving harassing voicemails, bitter songs and more on Jeff Ireland’s office voicemail.  This is shameful behavior at a time when the team needs the support of it’s fan base, and the majority of these voicemails will most likely not be heard by Ireland himself. 

Keep in mind that Jeff Ireland, as most executives do, will most likely have a secretary that has to listen to and/or delete these messages.  At a time when the Dolphins General Manager has his hands full WITH a harassment scandal, as well as trying to fix this team and help right the ship.  This is not something that can do anything but hurt the team.  Anyone who has had to deal with a full inbox or voicemail will know that emails or voicemails can get lost amidst the normal day to day clutter, let alone with a ridiculous amount of harassing messages.

It is not likely to happen, but what if Jonathan Martin were to reach out to Ireland via email or voicemail with a critical message exonerating Richie Incognito?  What if some key piece of the puzzle or information is missed, simply because too many fans have called in to harass Ireland at a time when the team is going through a national scandal AROUND harassment?  These are only a couple of possibilities that could take place, and the blame would lie squarely at the feet of the fans.  It isn’t funny, and it’s detrimental to the team.  It serves no purpose other than for folks to be able to “show off” that they left a voicemail or email for Jeff Ireland that likely won’t be heard or seen by the man himself.  If he is forced to change his phone number, email and other items?  Well, this could also result in critical messages being lost that may indeed help the franchise.

As a lifetime Dolphins fan, this behavior is more shameful to me than what happened on the field Monday night.  I would urge anyone reading this to leave the man alone, and let him do our job.  It might just be our best hope for saving any shred of dignity we have left this season, especially at a critical stage such as this.  If you want to show your support to the man, leave him alone and let him do his job – I’m sure the few positive messages being sent would help clog his inbox and voicemail as well.

Note: I did not include the business card, any tweets relating to it nor any videos as I do not condone the behavior and will not publicize it on behalf of the individuals.

Topics: Jeff Ireland, Miami Dolphins

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  • Charles Foster

    Be supportive from the fan base? Wtf? You kidding me? How flipping supportive should we be for this abortion of a football team? They can’t even buy a winner without something else imploading

    • Paul L. Picken, Jr

      Blowing up the front office repeatedly is part of why Miami is where they are at today.

  • tpl

    Yeah, as someone with an answering machine, I can relate to this. Regardless of what you think of Jeff Ireland, there is no reason to fill up his inbox.

    • Paul L. Picken, Jr

      Agreed… As I stated, good or bad messages, leave him alone.

  • Paddy

    STFU you little herb. This team does not deserve ANY sort of fan support whatsoever, let alone Jeff mother f*cking Ireland. Are you hearing yourself right now? If you think we should support this pathetic excuse for a gm, then you really are not a dolphins fan at all bud.

    • Paul L. Picken, Jr

      Thanks for the response. I appreciate any and all constructive criticism.

    • Eric Roddy

      Paddy, I completely understand your disappointment in Ireland, because well, he has screwed up a bunch! But let’s take a look at what he hasn’t screwed up. Reshad Jones, spotted and drafted by Ireland in the SIXTH round, and now the anchor of our ABOVE AVERAGE secondary. Brent Grimes, a free agent pickup from last year who was a STEAL financially and is in my opinion one of the best cornerbacks in the AFC, he was also a find by Ireland. Chris Clemons, a late round draft pick spotted and drafted by Ireland, arguably one of the best safeties in the AFC this year. Lamar Miller, a very very talented running back who, when given steady reps, has shown flashes of brilliance (his underdevelopement and lack of progress lies with Sherman, not Ireland). CHARLES CLAY !!!!! A late round draft pick spotted and found by Ireland who has carried this team offensively this year, doing literally every job possible. So as you can see, yes Ireland has screwed up sometimes, but one thing he has done is found incredible talents for this team at great prices, which is exactly what a GM should do. Do i think he is perfect? No! Do i think he is somewhat to blame? Yes, he has had his bad picks too! But to put so much blame and to absolutely destroy him in this manner is absurd. To that I say, great article Paul! And Paddy, I am right there with you on the upset scale, but let’s focus the real blame on those who deserve it: the coaches.

  • BCB74

    This is the most ridiculous article that I have read regarding Ireland. I don’t condone the action taken by some of the fans, I personally wouldn’t call and leave harassing messages for Ireland. But for you to ask the fans to support this clown and let him destroy this organization is asinine. This clown has made some seriously dumb moves as the GM. To trade a second round pick to move up in the first round to acquire Dion Jordan was a boneheaded move unless you plan on using him in every defensive play.. Teams don’t draft in the first round to pick up players that wont be playing every down, and not give them a chance to prove that it was a smart move to draft them in the first round. If Dion Jordan is a poor run stopper, then he shouldn’t have been the third pick in the draft. The elite players that the Dolphins have passed on in the draft in order to draft sub-par players since Ireland has been a GM is ridiculous. As a fan, yes we should voice our opinion, maybe in a more constructive manner, but our voice needs to be heard, keep in mind that it is ticket sales,, merchandise sales ect that contribute to Ireland’s paychecks.

    • Paul L. Picken, Jr

      I’m fine with folks voicing displeasure, but as you said “in a more constructive manner”

  • Paul L. Picken, Jr

    I am all for fans voicing their pleasure or displeasure as they feel, however there is a right and wrong way to do so. Harassing the man is not the way to do that, good or bad, and it only makes matters worse.