The League

THE QUESTION

NFL P.I.?

How deep should NFL franchises be allowed to dig when evaluating the background of potential draft picks during the interview process? When the Dolphins asked Dez Bryant if his mother was a prostitute and the Buccaneers asked Myron Rolle how it felt to desert his team when he accepted a Rhodes Scholarship, were those questions within the bounds of reasonable research or did they go too far? Should the NFL more strictly regulate pre-draft player interviews?

Posted by Matt Brooks on April 30, 2010 12:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

League should take action

The NFL has a responsibility to incoming players to more closely monitor pre-draft interviews so questions like the one Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland asked Dez Bryant are prohibited.

Posted by Anthony Stalter, on April 30, 2010 12:18 PM

Questions complicate larger issues

The public outcry surrounding Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland's inappropriate question to Dez Bryant could forever change the protocol for prospect interviews

Posted by Doug Farrar, on April 30, 2010 10:01 AM

An inexcusable inquiry

There's no way to sugarcoat the question Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland posed to Dez Bryant in a pre-draft interview, and the NFL should encourage future draft prospects to report that type of questioning.

Posted by Brandon Benson, on April 30, 2010 9:38 AM

Whistle blowing aspirations

The real outrage in the Dez Bryant-Jeff Ireland situation should be directed at the sports writer who blew this story out of proportion to brighten his own star.

Posted by Matt Infante, on April 30, 2010 12:00 AM

Crossing the line

Asking a potential NFL draft pick personal questions about his own background is one thing, but interrogating him about his family is crossing the line.

Posted by Dave Goldberg, on April 30, 2010 12:00 AM

Context and tone

Without knowing the tone or context of the questions posed to Dez Bryant and Myron Rolle, it's impossible to know whether or not they were inappropriate. What we do know is both men were mature enough to handle them.

Posted by Michael Kun, on April 30, 2010 12:00 AM

Let them ask

Before investing millions of dollars in a player, NFL franchise executives should be permitted to asses a player's character...only if they are willing to accept whatever any and all responses.

Posted by Dan Parker, on April 30, 2010 12:00 AM

Interview regulation?

Should the NFL more closely monitor and regulate how franchises conduct pre-draft player interviews?

Posted by Reader Poll, on April 29, 2010 11:52 PM

FEATURED COMMENTS

Jim19: The Rhodes Scholarship question shows the NFL's contempt for education -- colleges exist strictly as a farm system. I love this quote: Foo...

Nemo24601: Come on, it is now well known that Bryant stated his father was a pimp and his mother worked for his father. It was a natural question, bro...

A1965bigdog: You know, that would be a tough decision to make, the NFL or a Rhodes Scholarship. However, when one considers that the NFL is VERY tempora...

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