In order for you to understand the severity of this fundamental violation of respect, allow me to introduce to you a piece of footage from one of my favorite movies of all-time: none other than Menace II Society. It wouldn’t be safe for me to assume everyone has seen it, so here’s a brief premise: in the beginning of the movie, O-Dog and Caine walk into a corner store to get a couple of 40s. They were getting harassed by the wife of the owner of the store, despite the fact they weren’t doing anything wrong at all. Eventually, they went to the register to pay for their drank, when this happened (fast-forward to the 1:21 mark of the video):
Now riddle me this: why did the owner of the store feel like he had to bring O-Dog’s mama into it? He said it with a tinge of arrogance and in a manner that insinuated O-Dog was beneath him. Safe to say that once stuff hit the fan, O-Dog blew his damn head off. With that said, it was the first thing I thought of when I heard that Jeff Ireland had the UNMITIGATED GALL to ask Dez Bryant, during a pre-draft interview, if his mother was a prostitute.
None of us were there and there’s no video of the exchange, and when the issue was recently brought up, Dez basically said he was pretty mad, but didn’t show it. However, had he decided to go “oops upside his head,” I wouldn’t have been mad at him one bit. Since this news became public, I have honestly attempted to put myself in Ireland’s shoes, and ask on what basis he had of even asking such a question. After repeated attempts, there simply isn’t one. The arrogance of this man is astounding, and just like ‘ol buddy in Menace II Society, there’s an air of superiority and self-righteousness that’s toxic beyond belief. Once the report leaked, he offered up an apology, which pretty much equals out to a bucket of spit.
There really isn’t a desire on my part to make this a reflection of the perceived arrogance of the NFL, which others have alluded to. There are clowns like Ireland in just about any area of business, so to indict the NFL, even with the absurdity of his actions, would be unfair, but it does make you wonder. Is this something that happens regularly, and simply goes unreported? Is this an isolated incident? Maybe this will bring out more situations of college players, who have enough pressure on them as it is, dealing with bullcrap from NFL executives. When it comes to Jeff Ireland, getting fired isn’t gonna happen, but he can definitely get his ass whooped. As for Dez Bryant, someone whose name has been dragged in the mud for months, this was a perfect example of him showing true character and restraint, and for that, he should be commended, just as much as he’s been getting crucified.