NFL commissioner Roger Goodell proved he's willing to hand out discipline to star quarterbacks on equal footing with gridiron grunts, but does stupidity in personal conduct extend to front-office officials and what comes out of their mouths in draft interviews?
If it wasn't quite so absurdly demeaning and out of line, Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland's question to former Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant during a pre-draft interview might seem like something out of a Monty Python movie. But really, there's not a heck of a lot of humor to be found in asking a guy if his mother was a prostitute.
Ireland has since apologized to Bryant, who was selected in the first round by the Cowboys, but is that enough? On Tuesday's "Pardon the Interruption" Michael Wilbon said the question was typical of the "arrogance" shown by NFL entities. But should Goodell step in with at least a slap on the wrist?
trueblue82 (dallas texas)
i think the media's making the off the field issuses about Dez Bryant bigger then they seam hes never been arrested remember randy moss had more off the field issuses then him when he was drafted as a rookie in 1998 and look were hes at in his carrer
ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon
Oklahoma State WR coach Gunter Brewer told me that Bryant is a good kid whose heart in the right place, but he needs to be treated like a person, not a piece of meat. Cowboys WR coach Ray Sherman is great at building relationships with his players, so Bryant landed in a good spot. Brewer said Bryant doesn't have character issues. He has "life skills issue," the result of a difficult childhood. He has to grow up. Showing up late to meetings won't work in the NFL. Full transcript
I give him credit for not swinging at him, but I also would have given him credit for swinging at him if that was what he chose to do.” -- Founck
Future draft picks get asked tough questions all the time. Dez Bryant did a good job by just answering. Jeff Ireland job is to ask the tough question to evaluate character, Thats why he gets paid the big bucks. Go Dolphin!” -- jr91182alonso