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"Is your mother ... "

April 28, 2010 - Mike Mathison

OK, we all can agree the following question from Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland to NFL draft prospect Dez Bryant was highly inappropriate: "Is your mother a prostitute?"

Ireland fired that one off along with many other questions to Bryant, who was ruled ineligible last year by the NCAA while at Oklahoma State because he lied to the NCAA about having lunch with Deion Sanders.

"My job is to find out as much information as possible about a player that I'm considering drafting," Ireland said to Yahoo Sports. "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."

This question brings up a much bigger question -- how far is too far when NFL executives are asking questions of potential employees they are about to spend millions of dollars upon.

Other questions to potential draftees were: 

  • Oklahoma defensive end Gerald McCoy was asked if he wore a G-string or a jockstrap.
  • Stanford running back Toby Gerhart was asked if he felt entitled to play in the NFL because he is a white tailback.
  • Florida State safety Myron Rolle, a Rhodes Scholar, was asked by an executive how it felt to desert his team.

"During interviews, our players and prospective players should never be subjected to discrimination or degradation stemming from the biases or misconceptions held by team personnel," NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said Wednesday in a statement to The Palm Beach Post. "NFL teams cannot have the free reign to ask questions during the interview process which can be categorized as stereotyping or which may bring a personal insult to any player as a man."

This is all about the NFL arrogance.

I undestand all the "different" questions that are asked because NFL executives are seeing how these guys respond to questions. But, obviously with how many NFL draft busts there are each year (JaMarcus Russell was just released by the Raiders and now tops the list) there needs to be another form of gathering information available to the NFL gurus.

Once again, this proves how there is a line in the NFL sand that, really, no one sees.

 
 

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