By Joe D.
… I could’ve been his daddy, but the guy in line behind me had the correct change.
Unfortunately, this is what scouting for the NFL draft has come to. During a pre-draft visit, Jeff Ireland asked Bryant whether his mother was a prostitute. It isn’t uncommon for scouts and team personnel to attempt to illicit a reaction from a player to see how they respond to either confrontation or adversity. This certainly seems outside the bounds of good taste. If Bryant would reacted negatively, would anyone hold it against him? Dez did respond:
“No, my mom is not a prostitute,” Bryant told Yahoo! Sports. “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.”
While the teams will be investing a substantial amount of money into these prospects, it appears the NFL has developed an audacity that they are not held to the same standards as other prospective employers. Imagine being in an interview to work at your local pancake house. The manager curses you out just to see how you react. The manager follows it up with, “Do you feed your dog after you kick it? Answer only yes or no.”
Certainly fans hope their teams make the correct decisions on team personnel. There are reports of fake women friending prospects on Facebook and Myspace. The teams make assessments based upon this surreptitiously gathered information. Background checks are sought by teams, and private detectives are occasionally employed. Certainly some companies require background checks, and we presume government agencies dig deep (to include interviewing friends and family). There is a line, however. I don’t feel comfortable giving NFL teams MORE leeway than the US government.
While I have a great deal of respect for Ireland and the job he did while with the Dallas Cowboys, I am pleased he was not representing the Cowboys organization regarding the above.