It’s not everyday you are interviewed for a job, only to get thrown a complete curveball by the interviewer. Dez Bryant (WR now of the Dallas Cowboys) was interviewed by Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland, and needlessly delved deep into his apparently tough childhood…
The media criticism has been frustrating, but some of the probing from prospective employers has been downright offensive to Bryant. During one visit, the receiver sat in the office of a franchise’s high-level executive and was asked a shocking question.
“They asked me if my mom’s a prostitute,” Bryant says, an account that was confirmed by Wells, who attended the meeting. “No, my mom is not a prostitute. I got mad – really mad – but I didn’t show it. I got a lot of questions like that: Does she still do drugs? I sat and answered all of them.”
Bryant’s mother, Angela, had him when she was 15 and conceived his younger sister and brother within the next three years. She reportedly sold drugs, and she served a prison term during Dez’s childhood; at various times he lived with relatives and family friends. Dez and Angela are very close, and she will be with him at Wells’ house for a festive draft party Thursday evening.
Because when I want to know someone’s character, I definitely want to bring up a sensitive issue. Considering Bryant does not have a criminal record and only got suspended for his senior season because he lied about visiting Deion Sanders’ house, I don’t see what his mom has to do with anything. His draft stock only dropped due to work ethic concerns. Considering the Dolphins just traded for Brandon Marshall, that really should be the furthest thing in the back of Ireland’s mind. Ireland of course apologized to save face.
If Ireland had chosen a hothead in a similar situation he might have been punched in the face. Bryant however showed restraint and calmly answered all of those painful questions. Ireland crossed the line for even mentioning his mother, and not that I condone what she did, but it’s completely irrelevant to him and Dez Bryant. It has nothing to do with running a crossing pattern and it’s not appropriate for a supposedly professional interview. This makes you wonder whether or not Ireland has done this before.
The subject of race has also been brought into the story, because Ireland is white and Bryant is black. I’m going to hold my opinion back on this, and I won’t tolerate mentioning it in the comments section.