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Dolphins owner Ross to examine Ireland's actions with Bryant

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross will "take appropriate actions if necessary" against general manager Jeff Ireland for asking former Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant whether his mother was ever a prostitute.

Ireland apologized for the question, and the NFL players union raised concerns Wednesday about discrimination and degradation.

Ross issued a statement saying he'll look into the matter personally.

"As an owner of many companies and organizations, including the Miami Dolphins, I have always strived to comply with the highest standards in all aspects of my businesses, including recruiting," Ross said. "In interviewing employees, we always look to obtain relevant and appropriate information in adherence with the best industry practices."

An NFL statement said Ireland "exercised poor judgment in asking an insensitive and inappropriate question."

League spokesman Greg Aiello added, "Steve Ross' statement makes clear that the Miami Dolphins intend to address this matter promptly in an effective and thoughtful way."

Aiello said Ireland "took the proper step of calling Dez Bryant to apologize and then making that apology public."

Ireland's apology came only after Yahoo! Sports reported that he posed the question several weeks ago during a pre-draft interview with Bryant.

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

Before the draft, Bryant's background received extensive scrutiny from NFL teams because of concerns about character issues. The Dallas Morning News reported last week that Bryant's mother, Angela, gave birth to him at age 15 and sold drugs. Bryant is close to his mother, who attended her son's draft-day party Thursday. He was taken by the Dallas Cowboys with the 24th pick in the first round.

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said Ireland's question raised worrisome issues.

"We need to make sure the men of this league are treated as businessmen," Smith said in a statement. "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.

"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.

"For the past year, active, former and incoming players have heard me speak about the expectations we have of them as members of this union, their teams, communities and families. It is equally true that the same kind of respect is demanded of their employers."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-29-2010, 11:31 AM
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That sucks for Jeff, I've known him for years and he is a great guy. It definately will give him a black eye and if the DOlphins don't pick it up and start winning he might be out on his keester.





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While I think the question was out of line, I understand why he asked it.

If you are making an investment of millions of dollars in a player who will likely be the "face" of your franchise, you want to know everything you can about them and anything that may affect their play and their off the field behaviour.

That said, Ireland should face a fine and probably be made to attend some "sensitivity" training.

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attend some "sensitivity" training.
Made me think of this:

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This came out today:

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Two sources familiar with the situation contend that Ireland's question was nothing more than the logical follow-up to comments Bryant had made about his family. According to the sources, Ireland began the meeting by asking Bryant, 21, about his upbringing and his relationship with his siblings. Then he asked what Bryant's father did for a living when Bryant was growing up. The following exchange allegedly ensued:

"My dad was a pimp."

"What did your mom do [for a living]?"

"She worked for my dad."

"Your mom was a prostitute?"

"No, she wasn't a prostitute."
Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/201...#ixzz0mbURYVLm

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