Statements by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and NFL on Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland

Statement from Stephen Ross, Majority Owner of the Miami Dolphins:

As an owner of many companies and organizations, including the Miami Dolphins, I have always strived to comply with the highest standards in all aspects of my businesses including recruiting.

In interviewing employees we always look to obtain relevant and appropriate information in adherence with the best industry practices.

Jeff Ireland has already apologized for questions asked of former Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant.

I will be looking into this matter personally and will take appropriate actions if necessary. 

NFL Comment:

Steve Ross’s statement makes clear that the Miami Dolphins intend to address this matter promptly in an effective and thoughtful way. To his credit, Jeff Ireland recognizes that he exercised poor judgment in asking an insensitive and inappropriate question of Dez Bryant.  He took the proper step of calling Dez Bryant to apologize and then making that apology public.

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