So by now you've heard the story about Cowboys draft pick Dez Bryant, and the question he was asked by Miami general manager Jeff Ireland in a pre-draft interview.
Now Ireland has apologized and the babbling heads are wondering what response the league should have, given that Ireland's actions would seem to violate the league's standard of conduct under which Roger Goodell rightly hung Dirtbag Ben Roethlisberger out to dry for six games.
I don't know what the league's response should be. But I do know what the Dolphins' response should be: Fire the guy.
Right now. Today. Pack your (bleep) and get outta here.
Look, over and above the fact that the question was both hugely inappropriate and utterly irrelevant -- what does the legal history of Bryant's mother have to do with whether he can run a corner route? -- it was manipulative as well. NFL teams leave nothing, absolutely nothing, to chance. Every move is calculated. So it seems more than likely Ireland phrased the question deliberately to gauge Bryant's reaction.
Unlike many others, I'm not sure it was a credit to Bryant that he didn't immediately leap over Ireland's desk and strangle him with his tie. That's how a football player would react. Passivity in the face of such provocation, on the other hand, indicates to me a lack of aggression -- not a good trait in the NFL.
I've said for a long time that NFL teams go to ridiculous lengths in trying to assess what can't be assessed, which is whether this player or that will pan out in the league. Now at least one GM has demonstrated he was willing to go to not just ridiculous lengths, but unethical ones as well.
If the Dolphins have any integrity as an organization at all, Ireland's on the street by this afternoon.
Fire him. Right now. Today.