Bryant’s mother wants an apology

By Harvey Fialkov
Updated: May 4, 2010

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant

MIAMI — Just when it appeared the controversial job interview conducted by Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland in which he asked then NFL prospect Dez Bryant if his mother was a prostitute was behind him, a sports Web site got a hold of the Cowboys receiver’s mom who feels one more apology is owed.

“No, he has not called,” Angela Bryant told AOL’s FanHouse Monday. “I think he should have. Why wouldn’t you do that?

“I don’t know how you can point such a finger and act in that way and anything that is worth any good come your way.” Ireland released a statement last week in which he admitted he used, “poor judgment,” during the pre-draft interview and said that Bryant accepted his apology during a phone call.

Dolphins owner Steve Ross said on Friday that he would look into improving the interview process and that he considers the, “matter closed.” The Dolphins are no longer commenting on the matter. Bryant served 18 months in 1997-98 for drug trafficking. She refuted an SI.com report that said her son told Ireland that his father was a pimp.

“Yes, I am upset about it,” Angela Bryant said. “I am not pleased with it. I’ve heard how the question was supposed to have come about — that Dez supposedly said his father was a pimp — but I don’t believe that.

“I think the Dolphins have put that out there as their excuse. And I know if they keep after it like that, they will sound like a broken record. He was caught off guard by it. To ask that of any kid, that hurts.

“When they couldn’t find enough dirt on him, they went to that. It was almost like a scheme. They should never have put that kind of thing or question on him.

“Whatever reason they chose to do that, they are talking about my charges of 12 years ago and running with it. I’m not OK with it. But we are both going to be OK.” Bryant, the overall 24th pick, denied telling the Dolphins his father was a pimp but is also trying to, “move on.” “I just want to talk about the Cowboys and what I’m doing. I put that in the past,” Bryant said during the Cowboys rookie mini-camp last weekend.

“I’m just going to move on. I really don’t even want to speak on it anymore.

“It did bother me, but it doesn’t bother me anymore. I’m fine, my family’s fine, we’re great. We faced a lot of criticism, but things are great now. We’ve moved ahead.”