Jeff Ireland Should Resign Immediately
Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland's sports legacy will always be that of the guy who asked a prospective player if his mom was a whore, and there's no evidence to suggest it will ever be anything more than that. The current Dolphins mess centering on race-baiting potato Richie Incognito, just the latest off-the-field scandal for the team under Ireland's leadership, now adds an asterisk of hypocrisy to that legacy.
If Ireland had any decency, he'd resign immediately, and if he doesn't, well, it's high time owner Stephen Ross shows him the door.
Ireland asking Dez Bryant if his mother was a whore is now part of sports lore. Occasionally someone in the Dolphins media will try to absolve Ireland of criticism by pointing to Bryant's ongoing behavioral issues, but it's ridiculous to think Ireland is a good judge of a player's character or in any position to evaluate people by that measure. Let's look at some of the Dolphins players who were brought in under Ireland's tenure and who went astray under his watch:
- Phillip Merling, drafted in Ireland's first year while he was still under the wing of Bill Parcells, was arrested in 2010 for allegedly hitting a pregnant woman.
- In 2010, Troy McDaniels, signed just the season prior, was arrested for domestic battery following a fight with his girlfriend.
- Signed in 2010, Brandon Marshall was involved in a domestic violence incident that ended with his wife stabbing him.
- Drafted in 2010, Koa Misi was arrested in 2012 by a fugitive squad on an out-of-state arrest warrant. He's still on the team.
- Signed in 2012, Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson was let go from the team latter that off-season after head butting his wife Evelyn Lozada.
- Jonathan Amaya played with the Dolphins in two stints during 2010 and 2012, but during that last stint he was arrested for allegedly choking out a taxi driver on Miami Beach.