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Former GM helps to bring light to the situation

I know the guy was a failure but he was the man conducting these interviews. Matt Millen said bluntly what the GM of the Falcons, Thomas Dimitroff, alluded to yesterday without saying it point blank but justifying it by saying a psychologist should have asked the question but never saying he wouldn't ask it himself. (Millen quotes below) Listen Here as well as Doug Gottlieb(Oklahoma State Insider) who confirms that he heard crazy rumors about Dez Bryant's family. You can hear that right here MIllen says... "We're making a big deal out of something that's probably not that big a deal." "He will hear this again," Millen said, referring to Bryant's upcoming NFL career. "there are no questions that are out of bounds" because, on a football field, "there are no questions that are out of bounds." Millen also said that he believes (as we do) that the goal was to find out how Bryant would handle the situation." End Florio ends the article with... "Bottom line? This case exposes to the "real world" a particularly unsavory part of the sausage-making process about which most of us weren't fully aware. Guys like Millen will shrug their shoulders, but the broader question is whether the time has come to quit making excuses for the bizarre dynamics of the "locker room" and demand a higher level of behavior." End That mirrors my take on it. Do I like the fact that questions like that have to be asked? No, I hate it and wish there was a better way. Unfortunately when things go so far back into the past there's no way to confirm or deny anything without being direct. Here's the NFLPA's response to the situation... "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 held by team personnel," DeMaurice Smith and the NFL Players said Wednesday. "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. For the past year, active, former and incoming players have heard me speak about the expectations we have of them as members of this union, their teams, communities and families. It is equally true that the same kind of respect is demanded of their employers," End All I can say is we as fans have just as much much to be blame for. We roast teams when they draft busts and when it's due to their background they kill the FO for not doing their homework. GMs and coaches are on terribly short leashes with some working on short contract or none at all. Take into consideration their staff members who depend on them to succeed and we've driven them to this line of questioning through our demands as fans. We're the ones that have turned the draft into a bigger money maker for the NFL than the Super Bowl and that has caused players in the 1st round to be paid like proven Superstars which has caused NFL teams to take a harder look into these players and what their made up of. Especially considering the percent of 1st round misses these guys have year after year. I don't like the question but I don't blame Jeff Ireland for doing what has gone on league-wide for years. Is he supposed to put himself at a competitive disadvantage because the NFL and the NFLPA have allowed this to go on for years? No, I'm not going to hold it against him because the circumstance called for the question if you believe the rest of the NFL is crossing those lines with the right players as well. If the NFL was concerned about the practice that they must be aware of then they would have stepped in already. The emtpy apologies and quotes of looking into it is what responsible business men do when someone brings to light a dirty part of their business. They say the right thing and move on. I doubt that changes anything they do besides the manner in which they do it in the future. I put this in fanshots for less attention because I know I've butted heads with a few of you over the last few days and I want it to end. I agree the question is inappropriate but it's my opinion Jeff Ireland is taking the heat for something that is commonplace in this league and has been well before he was asking the questions. Sorry for no jump, I tried to insert it and it won't fly. I hope that doesn't inconvenience any mobile users. I'm just trying to draw as less attention to the subject as possible which means keeping it out of fanposts.

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