My Mom Is Not A Prostitute!

by - April 29, 2010 - - 1 Comment »


No. My mom is not a prostitute. I just wanted to get that out of the way before I actually addressed this topic seriously. If for some reason you aren’t familiar with the story by now, Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland asked wide receiver Dez Bryant if his mother was a prostitute during a pre-draft interview…controversy ensued. Rightly so.

I am a fan of many of the things the Dolphins have done recently. I love the fact that their management and coaching staff was creative in tailoring the offense to its personnel. It’s a breath of fresh air in a league full of stubborn and arrogant decision makers. But what their general manager did is one of the most egregiously insulting things I can ever remember. The nerve of that guy. In my opinion, it’s a fireable offense, regardless of his track record on the job.

I don’t care if the organization had questions about Bryant’s mother and her past (she had him at 15 and has admitted to selling drugs to support her kids). Or his past. Or anybody’s past. There are better ways to go about it. Here are some sample questions…

–Dez, your mother spent some time in prison when you were younger. What did you learn from that experience?

–People have questioned whether your past actions would impact your draft status (He got in trouble for failing to disclose to the NCAA the nature of his meetings with Deion Sanders; hardly a red flag for bad behavior.) How do you respond to that?

–When you first heard about the Michael Vick and Ben Roethlisberger situations, what was your reaction?

–How would you punish yourself if you were to get into trouble?

Those are all acceptable. What Jeff Ireland asked was not (under any circumstances). Not only was it inappropriate but it was irrelevant. What would his mother being a prostitute have to do with his ability to play football for your team? And even if she was, who is to say that a prostitute can’t raise good kids? I wonder if he would have asked the same question to a white player.

If Roger Goodell and the NFL are serious about their conduct policy, they need to hold management to the same standard they hold the players. There should be some sort of action taken. Here is my suggestion…

Put Dez Bryant and Jeff Ireland in a room together. Then, tell Dez he has five minutes to do whatever he would like to Ireland without worrying about repercussions. I don’t think Ireland would be too concerned about whether or not Bryant’s mom was turning tricks at that point.

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One Response to “My Mom Is Not A Prostitute!”

  1. lundberg's mom says:

    thanks for clearing that up although i have probably been called that expletive once or twice in my life at least

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