Bryant denies calling dad a 'pimp'

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Dallas Cowboys rookie receiver Dez Bryant denies calling his father a "pimp" in a pre-draft interview with Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland -- a statement that reportedly prompted Ireland's query about Bryant's mother.

"No, I didn't tell him my dad was a pimp," Bryant said in a text message to ESPN's Ed Werder.

SI.com's Jim Trotter reported Friday, citing sources familiar with the situation, that Ireland first asked Bryant what his father did for a living, leading to this exchange.

Dez Bryant: "My dad was a pimp."

Jeff Ireland: "What did your mom do [for a living]?"

Bryant: "She worked for my dad."

Ireland: "Your mom was a prostitute?"

Bryant: "No, she wasn't a prostitute."

Ireland has since apologized for the question.