Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland Sorry for Dez Bryant Mom-Hooker Question

Dez Bryant: "No, my mom is not a prostitute."

Dez Bryant: "No, my mom is not a prostitute."

Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland is saying sorry to wide receiver Dez Bryant, but he might consider adding a thank you for not having his lights punched out last month.

During pre-draft interviews where, according to Yahoo Sports blogger Mike Silver, front-office talent mavens probe potential picks with sometimes mind-boggling questions, Ireland asked Bryant if his mother had ever been a prostitute.

Bryant, not shockingly, was offended by the comment and reportedly responded with a curt, "No."

Realizing his faux pas (after the question became public, of course), Ireland issued this statement:

"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."

The Cowboys grabbed Bryant, a standout wide receiver at Oklahoma State, with the 24th overall pick last week. He missed most of his final season at Oklahoma State because he lied to the NCAA about a meeting he had with Deion Sanders.

Maybe Ireland thinks most liars are the spawn of prostitute moms.

According to Silver, some other questions posed to players include the kind of underwear they play in (G-string or jock strap), asking a Rhodes Scholar (Myron Rolle, Florida State) how he felt deserting his team for England and whether a white running back (Toby Gerhart, Stanford) felt "entitled" because of his race.

Is the famed Wunderlic test no longer the best interrogation tool?

In any case, Ireland may want to call in sick Sept. 2 and skip Miami's preseason game at Dallas.

  • Sean Alfano

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