Earlier this week, the NFL world was buzzing about Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland being identified by Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant as the NFL executive who asked him if his mother was a prostitute during a pre-draft interview.
Public outrage was high towards Ireland and the Dolphins for asking such an insensitive, and possibly illegal, question of the highly scrutinized prospect. But that was before Jim Trotter learned from two sources the context of the questioning, which he revealed in an SI.com column on Friday:
According to the sources, Ireland began the meeting by asking Bryant 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."
Trotter draws the conclusion that Ireland's question was a logical follow-up, given the context of Bryant's response. Further, Trotter writes Bryant owes Ireland an apology for shaping the story in a misleading way.
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