Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland

*The sports world was abuzz today over a situation between Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland and newly-drafted Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant.

In a meeting the two had before the NFL draft, Ireland had asked Bryant if his mother was a prostitute. Ireland apologized to Bryant on Tuesday after it was reported by Yahoo! Sports and ended up all over the blogosphere and sports radio.

Dez Bryant

“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.

“I appreciate his acceptance of that apology, and I told him I wished him well as he embarks on his NFL career.”

Bryant’s background received extensive scrutiny from NFL teams before the draft. He was taken by the Cowboys with the 24th pick in the first round last Thursday.

“My mom is not a prostitute,” Bryant told Yahoo! Sports. “I got mad – really mad – but I didn’t show it.”

On Wednesday, the NFL Player’s Association said the treatment of Dallas’ first-round pick and other draft picks needs to be conducted in a professional manner.

“We need to make sure the men of this league are treated as businessmen,” NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said in a statement. “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. 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.”

Bryant has yet to comment on the incident since Ireland apologized.