Dez Bryant, that fine chocolate specimen photographed above/2010 NFL first round draft pick (Dallas Cowboys), explained the tough process he underwent while being recruited by teams in preparations for this year’s NFL draft. One memory stood out the most where one team’s high-level exec had the nerve to ask him if his mother was still a prostitute and on drugs.
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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.
Here’s the shady bastard who asked Dez if his mother was a prostitute during the scouting process. Miami Dolphins GM, Jeff Ireland, has now officially apologized for the incident:
Ireland took the unusual step of calling Bryant himself to apologize. Ireland later issued a statement to explain his regret over the matter.
“My job is to find out as much information as possible about a player that I’m considering drafting,” Ireland said in a statement. “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.”
Ireland went on to say he appreciated Bryant’s “acceptance of that apology” and said he told Bryant he “wished him well as he embarks on his NFL career.”