Sept. 16, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross (left) talks with Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland (right) during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins won 35-13. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
Reports are surfacing this morning that Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland may have confronted a fan at this past weekend's game. However, at this point, this is all purely speculation, and a story coming from one group of fans.
Allegedly, the entire incident involved Ireland calling a fan an "a--hole" after the game. That is now being spun into a confrontation and, most likely, more ammunition in the "Fireland" chants.
If this is at all true, Ireland was apparently responding after a fan told the general manager that he needed to fire himself. I am guessing the fan was less than polite in his expressing of that opinion.
It will be interesting to see if (1) any of this is confirmed today and (2) what the full story is if/when it comes out. Either way, for now, this is just a story being told by a group of fans with no way to confirm if it happened.
[UPDATE 3:30PM EDT]
Ireland called Armando Salguero at the Miami Herald, and explained his side of the incident:
"It did happen at halftime and I was going back to my booth after seeing my wife and I did talk to several fans that were very nice. But as I'm walking back this guy introduces himself to me and says I should fire myself," Ireland said.
"It caught me off guard. I just turned and walked away but I did say the word. I regret I used the word I used. I thought I was using it under my breath. I guess I kind of said it loud enough that he could hear it. I literally said it under my breath. At the time I felt I handled the situation pretty good. Probably muttered it a little too loud. I regret that I said anything."
The Dolphins will use the quote as their official statement about the incident.