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Dolphins GM Apologizes for Prostitute Question

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Posted on Apr 28, 2010
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Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland has apologized to NFL draftee Dez Bryant for asking the footballer if his mother was a prostitute. Bryant said he was “really mad,” but didn’t say anything at the time to his prospective employer.

Bryant was taken 24th overall by the Dallas Cowboys. Ireland asked him the question several weeks ago in a pre-draft interview.

Bryant’s mother, Angela, is gay and her personal life has already generated more attention than is warranted for merely being the mother of someone who’s looking for a job.

AP via Google:

“My mom is not a prostitute,” Bryant told Yahoo! Sports. As for his reaction to Ireland’s question: “I got mad — really mad — but I didn’t show it.”

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said Ireland’s question raised worrisome issues.

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

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By rodney, April 29, 2010 at 2:37 pm Link to this comment
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Maybe someone should have asked Ben Rothlisberger is
his father was a rapist.

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By pundaint, April 29, 2010 at 11:13 am Link to this comment

Football IS America.  The real money is being made by people who
couldn’t be successful at the game, and who have no respect for those
filling their pockets.

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By Stephen Johnson, April 29, 2010 at 8:02 am Link to this comment
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“Perspective employer”?  Are you kidding?  Who proof reads this site?

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By ardee, April 29, 2010 at 4:49 am Link to this comment

“Dolphins owner Stephen Ross will “take appropriate actions if necessary” against general manager Jeff Ireland for asking former Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant whether his mother was ever a prostitute.”

If necessary? What, I wonder, does the occupation or the sexual orientation of a man’s mother have to do with his ability to play football?

Was Ireland looking for a date?

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