Dez Bryant, below, doing his thing.
Dez is now a Cowboy, and word has leaked through the Dallas media that the Dolphins, in pre-draft interviews, and specifically Dolphin GM Jeff Ireland, asked Bryant if his mom was a prostitute. It is no secret that Bryant has had many issues to deal with, and comes into the league as one of the most, if not the most enigmatic talent in the draft. Many scouts have whispered that Bryant has a low compete level, that he doesn’t run routes fully, or sell routes, and that he quit on his workout at his pro day. On Dez’s mom:
In an article last week in The Dallas Morning News, Jean-Jacques Taylor reported that Bryant’s mother, Angela, gave birth to him at age 15. She sold drugs to provide for her kids. But the two are close. Angela celebrated with her son at a party this past Thursday when the Cowboys moved up to select Dez in the first round.
Teams have the right to ask these kids whatever they want, whether it is in bad taste or not. They have to decide whether to pay these kids millions of dollars, a scary investment. Whether Bryant’s mom was a prostitute or not is a fact that the Dolphins and the league probably already knew. For a kid with an iffy background, the question was probably asked in order to probe Bryant’s constitution. Bryant handled the question in stride. Recently he spoke at length to reporters about his mom.
…his mom, Angela, who had him at the young age of 15 and later came out as lesbian. Bryant, who grew up in a conservative town of about 32,000 located in the heart of the Bible Belt in a small Texas town, says he has become “comfortable” with his mother’s “change in sexual orientation” – but he still has issues about it, reports the Advocate.
“I didn’t like it. Really, I still don’t,” he said. “I dealt with it and now I’m comfortable with it.”
Angela Bryant said she was honest with him early on because they have no secrets in their relationship.
Ireland issued an apology after he found himself in a hail storm of criticism over the prostitute question.
“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.”
Our resident Dolphin expert, Mr. White, would probably tell us that the Dolphins organization, who he termed “vanilla”, would probably never draft a player like Bryant because of his baggage. So then why even ask the kid this type of question? Did Ireland really mean the kid “no disrespect”? Far be it from us to judge, but it seems mean spirited and sadistic. While we don’t root for Cowboys around here, we do root for them against Miami.
Hopefully Dez doesn’t forget the question whenever the Cowboys and Dolphins play.