Thursday, April 29, 2010
I'm sure we're all familiar with the question asked to the new Dallas Cowboy, Dez Bryant, about wheter his mother is a prostitute. The story caused quite a controversy, and moved the questioner, Jeff Ireland, to apologize. This of course is the right thing to do, and I hope he did it sincerely, as well as thank Mr. Bryant for not punching him in the face.
But today I was watching Sports Center, and I heard some more interesting comments on the matter.
DeMaurice Smith, the NFLPA Executive Director, says on the matter: " We need to make sure the men of this league are treated as businessmen, During interviews, our players and prospective players should never be subjected to discrimination or degradation stemming from the biases or misconceptions help by team personnel. NFL teams cannot have the free reign to ask questions during the interview process which can be categorized as stereotyping or which may bring a personal insult to any player as a man."
That of course is a very true statement, as you wouldn't ask someone if their mother was a prostitute during an interview. But Matt Millen the former GM had other ideas...
He says: "The general view in those rooms, are, there are no questions that are out of bounds. Because what you want to find out... and the reason is simple, because when you step onto the field in a National Football League, there are no question that are out of bounds... What you;re looking for in those things, is how a player reacts and handles things."
Chris McKendry then asked: "And you don't think that question crossed the line? There's not another way to find out if a player has a short fuse?"
More or less, Millen's response was that the player will hear that question on the field, so it's ok for the executive to ask in the office.
But wait, it's one thing to have players talking trash to each other during a game, but it's another to have a potential employer ask you that, seemingly having it weigh a part in the decision to hire you or not. So, no Matt MIllen, it's not ok, maybe that's why you don't have a job title that includes the word GM in it. I mean look at your awesome draft record. You drafted Joey Harrington, when Dwight Freeney and and Albert Haynesworth were still on the board. Or maybe you couldn't call their names, because the didn't want to play for the person who just asked if their mom is a prostitute. Not cool Matt Millen.