After coming under fire from sports pundits everywhere, Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland apologized to Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Dez Bryant for asking inappropriate questions during his NFL draft interview.
Ireland released this statement Tuesday regarding the incident:
“My job is to find out as much information as possible about a player that I'm consider drafting. Sometimes that leads to asking in-depth questions…Having said that, I talked to Dez Bryant and told him I used poor judgment in one of the questions I asked him. I certainly meant no disrespect and apologized to him…I appreciate his acceptance of that apology and I told him I wished him well as he embarks on his NFL career."
Ireland faced a day’s worth of media scrutiny from all major sports outlets after reports surfaced that he asked Bryant whether or not his mother was ever a prostitute during a pre-draft interview.
The Cowboys’ receiver was a highly touted talent coming into the draft, but had a lot of question marks surrounding his attitude and personality. The question was meant to test Bryant's emotions, and see if he could handle a tense situation without losing his composure.
Bryant, for his part, handled the question very coolly. He accepted the apology issued from the Dolphins GM, and didn’t lose his temper when the question was initially posed.
The incident is just another case of NFL scouts seemingly going too far to measure reactions and attitudes of players, with no regard for what’s right and wrong.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has not issued any statements regarding the matter.