IRVING, Texas -- It didn't take long for wide receiver Dez Bryant to find out what it's like to be a first-round draft pick for the Dallas Cowboys. After his first practice at the club's rookie minicamp Friday, at least 40 reporters and cameramen formed a makeshift amphitheater around Bryant's locker.
The former Oklahoma State wide receiver has had plenty of preparation for the bright lights since he was one of the most scrutinized prospects in the entire 2010 draft class. But things were taken to a different level when Bryant recently told Yahoo! Sports columnist Michael Silver that he was asked during a pre-draft visit to the Dolphins whether his mother, Angela, was a prostitute. Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland was identified by Silver as the executive who asked the question and he's since been vilified on websites and radio stations across the country.
This morning, though, SI.com's Jim Trotter provided some details on what may have led to Ireland's controversial question. Here's the conversation from Trotter's report, which we've since confirmed through a league source:
Bryant: "My dad was a pimp."
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."
On Thursday, Bryant told ESPN's Ed Werder that he never told Ireland that his father was a pimp. And when asked by reporters about the conversation that first appeared on SI.com on Friday, Bryant said, "No, that's a lie. I really don't want to speak on that."
Not your typical interview on the first day of rookie minicamp. Now we have two different versions of a conversation that took place between Ireland and Bryant. Trotter's story provides some more context to why Ireland may have asked such a charged question. Bryant basically says none of it's true.
But since two sides of the story have now been told, perhaps we can close the books on this saga. No matter what led up to that question, I'm sure Ireland would like to have a do-over on how he phrased it. Now, let's return to talking a little football.
I'll be back to talk about Bryant's first day on the field. It was a struggle conditioning-wise, but he certainly made some spectacular catches.