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Dez Bryant ready to focus on future with Dallas Cowboys

By Stephen Hawkins, AP Sports Writer Published: May 1, 2010
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— Dallas Cowboys rookie receiver Dez Bryant says he's done talking about being asked by Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland in a pre-draft interview if his mother was ever a prostitute.

After his first workout with the Cowboys during a rookie minicamp Friday, the former Oklahoma State star repeatedly said he didn't want to talk about his interview with Ireland and the controversy that has followed.

"I don't want to talk about it. I just want to talk about the Cowboys and what I'm doing. I put that in the past," Bryant said. "I'm just going to move on, I really don't even want to speak on it anymore. I feel fine, things are great. I'm just looking ahead now."

Bryant's on-field debut with the Cowboys came days after Ireland apologized publicly, the NFL players union raised concerns about discrimination and degradation, and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said he would look into the matter personally.

Meanwhile, Ross gave Ireland a vote of confidence Friday and said he considers "the matter closed."

In a four-paragraph statement, the Dolphins owner said he spoke with several people, both directly and indirectly involved with the situation, and concluded the team will need to make some changes to its interview practices.

He stopped short, however, of saying he considered any punishment for Ireland.

"Jeff Ireland is a man of great capability and integrity and he is well deserving of my continued confidence," Ross said.

Ross did not specify exactly how the interview processes going forward would change.

"We are going to take a hard look at our interview practices and we will make improvements that will allow us to get the important information we need about players in whom we are making a major investment, but without being insensitive," Ross said.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Ross "is taking the appropriate steps to address the matter and we look forward to hearing what Mr. Ross decides to do to improve the club's interviewing practices."

Another twist came Friday when SI.com, citing unnamed sources, reported that Ireland asked Bryant if his mother was a prostitute as a follow-up to other answers provided by the 21-year-old receiver.

The SI.com report cited an alleged exchange in which Bryant was asked what his father did for a living when the receiver was growing up, and he responded that his dad was a pimp. When Bryant was then asked what his mother did and answered that she worked for his dad, Ireland asked if she was a prostitute.

Asked about that report in the locker room Friday after practice, Bryant responded, "That was a lie."