After a week now of non-stop criticism of Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland, I thought the roller-coaster of media hype was finally over.
After all, Ireland apologized to Dez Bryant, after reportedly asking in pre-draft interviews whether his mother “was a prostitute”.
Even though Ireland apologized, and numerous amounts of his co-workers that work with him in the league (other general managers, and front office workers), even his boss have accepted that what he did was not as foul as others outside of the league think, people continue to cry over this whole charade!
First Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports broke the story, and opened up the flood gates of criticism towards Ireland. Then Bryant just made it all worse by sitting back and watching, and acting like he was a harmed party in all of this.
Silver made the whole situation worse by breaking the story, and drawing all of the attention to Bryant and his mother.
But are we forgetting what might be the cause of this story?
Bryant was spurned by the Fins only days before the draft after the Dolphins traded for star wide receiver Brandon Marshall, instead of waiting to draft him.
Could this be the reason why Bryant told the media of his interview woes? Did Bryant sense that the Dolphins did not like him, and spread the word around the NFL of his potential character issues?
After all, the Dolphins did hold private interviews with him, and the Dolphins did trade for Marshall not long after these interviews. So something must have gone pretty wrong for the Dolphins to go out and trade some of their coveted draft picks (two 2nd rounders).
Now that Bryant has accepted Irelands apology, Bryants mother seems to think that she deserves one as well.
Well, she may get an apology, but it will not be from Ireland. If anyone should give her an apology, it should be her son, Dez, or Michael Silver himself for bringing the embarrassment upon her family.
It was Dez’s fault that he did not respond to the question appropriately enough to cause the Dolphins to draft him this year. It was Dez’s fault for even telling the story of an interview that most regard of private. It was Dez’s fault for revealing the exact person that posed the question to him in the same interview. It was then Michael Silver’s fault for breaking the story, and slaughtering Ireland in the story in question.
All of these accusations against Ireland are ridiculous. The man was just doing his job in asking a question, that while it may have been over the line, was intended to see how Dez would react to a little adversity. As you can see, this young man did not react as well as the Fins would have liked, and so they went with the more experienced Marshall.
I’ll back up Ireland on this subject all the way. Things were taken way out of context, and there should be no reason why anyone from the NFL offices should jump in, and there should be no reason why anything should be changed about the way these PRIVATE interviews are conducted.
Teams have the right to ask as many, and ludicrous of questions as they like. They are paying young men in their low 20’s millions of dollars to play a game that requires both mental and physical toughness beyond belief. So don’t shoot these front office personnel for asking questions that could save their jobs or not.
After all, Bryant was a first round prospect, and aren’t first round draft picks how general managers make their living? If Ireland pulled the trigger on the wrong guy, he very well could have lost his job. Let’s be thankful that he did not pick Bryant, because from what I can tell, he does not have the goods that the NFL requires.
Maybe he should be a full-time snitch instead of a full-time football player.