Football (p.s.)Miles sent me this e-mail:
It's common practice for NFL teams to ask prospective players to sign waivers that allow them to conduct "personality tests" and such that pretty much mean they can ask whatever they want.
That makes sense, from a liability perspective, and it answers my question about federal law and interview content, but this entire series of events still blows my mind. Unless you're applying for a job that requires national security clearance (the F.B.I. or C.I.A., for example), how in the world is the type of questioning Dez Bryant was subjected to relevant to his job performance? It's a ball, a field, and a scoreboard, not the future of the free world (although the way most NFL executives act, you would think the future of the free world was at stake).
It was very amusing that two "anonymous" sources floated an alleged line of questioning last week that supposedly led to Ireland's question.Why, it was entirely natural, said the sources. Of course, the NFL is not exactly the early apology league, and if that really is what had happened, Ireland would've said that when the story first broke.
Unfortunately, the NFL is like sausage--you may enjoy eating it, but you don't ever want to see how it's made.