I keep waiting for the revolution. Waiting for the trumpet that sounds revolt. Waiting for all these macho football players who ooze testosterone to start being as tough as they act. To stand up to the bullies who run pro football. The interrogation of Dez Bryant has illuminated the intimidation. Dolphin general manager Jeff Ireland’s question — he asked Bryant if his mother was a prostitute not because he didn’t know or even needed to know, but to see Dez’s reaction — shows the relationship in NFL scouting interviews. It’s not prospective employee and prospective employer. It’s detective and suspect. It’s boot-camp sergeant and just-off-the-bus recruit. It’s psychological warfare, with the players mentally scrambling to make sure they don’t say the wrong thing. And it will take a braveheart to stand up to the establishment. Which Dez Bryant isn’t. Poor Dez is the NFL’s Hester Prynne. The scarlet letter attached to Dez’s jersey is a capital T, for troubled. OSU pulled Dez’s 2009 season out from under him after he lied to NCAA investigators, and a series of scuttlebutt has followed him since. Habitually late. Questionable judgment. Irregular heartbeat. Trust him with a million-dollar contract at your own peril, which is why Dez, with top-10 talent, fell all the way to the Cowboys at No. 24 in the draft’s first round. Which is legit. The NFL shouldn’t be a blank-check league. But that doesn’t mean common decency catches the last train for the coast. That doesn’t mean the NFL can go all CIA on its draft prospects. Heck, Ireland’s question probably was illegal. There are tons of questions you can’t ask in job interviews, everything from age to where you live. What your parents do for a living seems to qualify for the don’t-ask list. Sure, Dez Bryant came from a rough background. Received no home training. Maybe his dad was a pimp and his mom a druggie and maybe Dez even admitted it. But that’s still no license to take empathy off the table. Typical sports attitude. The laws of the land and the laws of civility don’t apply to the people who run the games we play. That’s true of both athlete and executive. There were two appropriate responses to Ireland’s question. 1. Look the fool straight in the eye, stand up and walk out. Call a press conference immediately and tell the world what happened. Let the inquisitor start tackling tough questions. 2. Sock Ireland right in the nose, then follow Step 1. Dez couldn’t risk that, of course. He already is emotionally beat down, from a rough draw in life to his mistakes in Stillwater. He’s walking a tightrope, to prove people wrong and stay out of commissioner Roger Goodell’s hoosegow and show Jerry Jones that Dallas has a new star. But let’s say Dez had stood up to the grilling. He would have been a cult hero among fellow ballplayers. And he just might have stood taller in the eyes of NFL executives. Dignity is quite becoming. Seems to me that’s exactly what football franchises are looking for, young men capable of standing up for themselves, especially when they’re in the right. Turning the other cheek will get you to heaven; it won’t get you to the Super Bowl. These pre-draft interviews show how out of balance is the relationship between teams and players. The personality tests, the personal questions, the meat-market mentality. It’s the same imbalance we see between franchises and veteran players, who do not have so much as guaranteed contracts in a sport with a shorter shelf life than all others and greater risk of injury. The players union is weak. Has been for decades. The lack of protection for the union’s incoming members proves it. The union should counsel these rookies not how to answer silly questions, but how to stand up to the nonsense. Let the revolution begin. Punch the NFL right in the nose. Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080; Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.