Jeff Ireland Allegedly Called a Dolphins Fan an "Asshole" on Sunday UPDATED

Categories: Sports
jeff ireland 44.jpg
Miami Dolphins general manager is not a very popular guy around town (save maybe for a few still-loyal zombies here and there). And according to several fans who attended Sunday's Dolphins-Raiders game, he got supermad at a critical fan and called the fan an "asshole."

Fans began to call in to the Eric Reed show on 790/104.3 The Ticket this afternoon sharing their tale of witnessing Ireland in a verbal altercation with a fan.

Then the fan himself called in and explained his tale of meeting the smarmiest GM in all the NFL.

A guy calling himself "Sean" explained to Reed's listeners that he approached Ireland at the Club Level at Sun Life Stadium during halftime on Sunday and began to express his displeasure to Ireland about his being a shitty general manager.

According to Sean, he expressed to Ireland how he's been a season ticket holder for many years, cited a few of Ireland's bad roster moves, and, in an admittedly moment of fan frustration, suggested Ireland fire himself.

At this Ireland, patted Sean on the back, reportedly said, "Good suggestion," turned, walked away and said, "Asshole."

After Sean relayed his story, other callers chimed in corroborating Sean's story. One caller even said Ireland was followed by a few drunken fans who began to chant "Fireland!" before he threatened to have them thrown out of the stadium. That particular part of the story can't be verified. In fact, none of it can, really. But several callers telling Reed this story and then Sean calling in and giving details of the account should be proof enough.

Even without corroboration, it's not at all surprising Jeff Ireland would act like a condescending jerk and call a fan an asshole. This is the same guy who's one claim to fame in his storied career as general manager of a professional football team is asking a draft prospect if his mother was a prostitute.

The Pulp tried to call the Dolphins for comment but got the runaround.

Update [1:35 p.m.] The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports that Ireland called him directly and confirmed the incident.

Ireland's comments:
"It did happen at halftime and I was going back to my booth after seeing my wife and I did talk to several fans that were very nice. But as I'm walking back this guy introduces himself to me and says I should fire myself," Ireland said. "It caught me off guard. I just turned and walked away but I did say the word. I regret I used the word I used. I thought I was using it under my breath. I guess I kind of said it loud enough that he could hear it. I literally said it under my breath. At the time I felt I handled the situation pretty good. Probably muttered it a little too loud. I regret that I said anything."


My Voice Nation Help
127 comments
Yawwwn
Yawwwn

It's the customer is always right argument which is a large part of where our country's sense of entitlement comes from. I pay so I can be a c*cksucker and any other kind of prick I want to be. It's a BS attitude and good for Ireland. I don't care if it isn't PC and boo-hoo for the fan that had to hear such a horrible word at the football game. Ireland is a person. If the fan wanted to address his concerns that is one thing but to say something as rude as that, Ireland should have decked him. Why not call Ireland's wife a b*tch while you're at it? I mean after all he's a terrible GM and deserves to be treated like scum!!

Its_Me_Alby
Its_Me_Alby

I'm no fan of Ireland, I think the guy's terrible, but in all fairness, if someone comes up to you and tells you that you should fire yourself, wouldn't you also think he's an a-hole? I can't really blame him for this one. As for that whole Dez incident, well, his mom WAS a prostitute, so even though the question has no bearing on anything football-related, at least it didn't come from out of the blue. Still, there's a time and a place for everything, Ireland, and you've really got to learn this soon. But seriously, please heed that fan's advice -- fire yourself, Jeff!

menachenthemoron
menachenthemoron

You have to be a fucking zombie to even try to read those "twatter" comments, thay really suck @circumsized bloody baby penis.

Vinbob
Vinbob

@byChrisJoseph if Ireland had called you, u woulda told him u flew the plane, then he woulda called u an asshole

G_Nazari
G_Nazari

@byChrisJoseph You sir, are a frigging genius!!

Rizzmigizz
Rizzmigizz

@byChrisJoseph my ex-girlfriend had an #AssholeGate ....i never saw it though, but she said it was there

AlexMiglio
AlexMiglio

@byChrisJoseph lolol assholegate

ATLGreg1
ATLGreg1

@byChrisJoseph Hahahaha. I will say I love #assholegate!

jmpeltz
jmpeltz

@BenVolinPBP Doesn't matter. As a GM and a public figure, you don't use that word to a paying customer, if true.

TerribleWriting
TerribleWriting

I am worried the zombies may be reading your piece for the dribble it is and the masses may be mindlessly indulging in the Haterade.

 

My world is upside-down- is everyone a zombie, and are the so-called "zombies" the only remaining humans??? Psychological warfare at it's finest!

TerribleWriting
TerribleWriting

At least it was an "admittedly moment". Otherwise, I might question the validity of his entirely--hearsay account of the event. 

TerribleWriting
TerribleWriting

in an admittedly moment of fan frustration, suggested Ireland fire himself.

Tito305Sports
Tito305Sports

@BenVolinPBP I side with Jeff on this one. Don't rattle a cage if you can't handle the consequences.

iZenBoxer
iZenBoxer

@Hockeyman55 @byChrisJoseph I can't blame the fan or Ireland really. #ItIsWhatItIs

FlyInStilettos
FlyInStilettos

@NewTimesBroward its all good we still won anyway so I guess the one who came out looking like an asshole was him

Kingofcastles12
Kingofcastles12

@byChrisJoseph Sounds to me like both the fan AND Ireland are at fault. Not a classy response from Ireland, but same can be said for the fan

javercanas
javercanas

@byChrisJoseph People need to stop defending Ireland, saying the fan deserved it. He's a bad GM and since his boss won't do shit, fans will.

BenReiss1
BenReiss1

@BenVolinPBP @byChrisJoseph Agree with Ben V. If fan acted that way, Ireland spoke accurately (and I am no fan of Ireland).

PaulDSmythe
PaulDSmythe

Yep, of course it's Jeff Ireland's fault. Everything's always Jeff Ireland's fault. How would you respond when someone calls you terrible at your job and says you should be fired?

Byarr15
Byarr15

@BenVolinPBP @bychrisjoseph that fan was an asshole, if true.

mwilson1979
mwilson1979

@BenVolinPBP I'm sure he fan was sober as well...

Sims_Ted
Sims_Ted

@BenVolinPBP Could not agree more, Probably drunk also. Not defending Ireland, he has to prove his worth this year and next.

ryansholin
ryansholin

@BenVolinPBP @byChrisJoseph They're both right.

ArmandoAlvarez
ArmandoAlvarez

@BenVolinPBP @bychrisjoseph hey chris Joseph. If someone called you a shitty writer who should never write again how would you respond?

AlexMiglio
AlexMiglio

@Rizzmiggizz @byChrisJoseph hahahahahaha

deanna758
deanna758

@Kingofcastles12 We are fans who still support this team Ireland has almost singlehandedly driven into the ground. We're allowed to be mad.

byChrisJoseph
byChrisJoseph

@BenReiss1 @BenVolinPBP I don't disagree that the fan acted poorly. But Ireland is not allowed to respond that way. Fair or unfair.

cwakemakeqbshake
cwakemakeqbshake

 @PaulDSmythe I agree with you man, Fans need to stop thinking that they know everything and let them do their jobs.  

webberg86
webberg86

@PaulDSmythe Do you have a job? You don't call A paying customer an asshole especially one who just told you they were a repeat customer fr years now shelling out 1000s of dollars for a shitty product. Not to mention his grievances are warranted, Ireland's picks and trades have all been shitty. But go ahead call people assholes at work see how far that gets you

byChrisJoseph
byChrisJoseph

@ryansholin @BenVolinPBP ha! best response yet.

byChrisJoseph
byChrisJoseph

@ArmandoAlvarez @BenVolinPBP I've been called worse, Armando Alvarez. But then again, I'm not the face of a professional football franchise.

Kingofcastles12
Kingofcastles12

@deanna758 Believe me, I hate Jeff Ireland as much as the next person. Still, the fan didn't have to be that rude even if Ireland sucks.

hatsbagelman
hatsbagelman

@byChrisJoseph this just says what we all knew, the only thin Jeff Ireland is worse at than being an NFL GM is being a decent person

cwakemakeqbshake
cwakemakeqbshake

 @webberg86  @PaulDSmythe Wasn't it the fan who said that Ireland called him an asshole? Seems like it could be only one side of the story from a very biased source that clearly doesn't like Ireland.  If he would go out of his way to tell Ireland he should fire himself, who's to say he would go out of his way to LIE and say that Ireland called him an asshole.  IMO the fan should get sued for harassment, there's a difference between complaining about a product and verbally attacking a person, and he crossed the line. 

ArmandoAlvarez
ArmandoAlvarez

@byChrisJoseph @benvolinpbp if the fans don't like him boycott the team and pressure Ross to fire him.

ArmandoAlvarez
ArmandoAlvarez

@byChrisJoseph @benvolinpbp it's not the fans place to tell him how to do his job. I'm sure no one goes to his job and tells him off

ArmandoAlvarez
ArmandoAlvarez

@byChrisJoseph @benvolinpbp I agree he's open to criticism but why go to his face and act all high and mighty. I agree he's bad though

BenVolinPBP
BenVolinPBP

@byChrisJoseph sounds like, if true, Ireland turned around & said the word under his breath. Big diff than calling him a name to his face

Kingofcastles12
Kingofcastles12

@deanna758 True, I would definitely expect more class from a GM anyways. Sometimes it's best just to avoid these types of interactions.

deanna758
deanna758

@Kingofcastles12 In that type of position, you have to accept that you're gonna be criticized publicly, to your face. Can't react like that.

hatsbagelman
hatsbagelman

@byChrisJoseph man it's days like today I'm glad I live on the other side of the country than the rest of this fanbase

byChrisJoseph
byChrisJoseph

@hatsbagelman I tried to make that point, but zombies ate m'brain. :(

byChrisJoseph
byChrisJoseph

@ArmandoAlvarez @BenVolinPBP Unfortunately, nature of his business.

ArmandoAlvarez
ArmandoAlvarez

@byChrisJoseph @benvolinpbp he's still a human. Its what came out at the time but you're right he shouldve taken the high road.

byChrisJoseph
byChrisJoseph

@ArmandoAlvarez @BenVolinPBP Disagree with you there. Fans have every right. Sure, they can be nicer. But Ireland cannot say asshole.

byChrisJoseph
byChrisJoseph

@ArmandoAlvarez @BenVolinPBP As I've been saying, fairly or unfairly, he has to act with better tact. Just part of this profession & league.

danharwin
danharwin

@BenVolinPBP @bychrisjoseph Incorrect. He called him an asshole to his face.

bradshaw1984
bradshaw1984

@OneArrogantSOB absolutely. As I said, plenty to complain/debate. Just not this. So yeah, how bout that Tebow fella?

OneArrogantSOB
OneArrogantSOB

@bradshaw1984 yeah, but complain about legitimate things that matter. Not this...

bradshaw1984
bradshaw1984

@OneArrogantSOB Dont get me wrong, there's a ton to complain about, but negativity is cancerous & must change WITH onfield product #Dolphins

BenVolinPBP
BenVolinPBP

@Sports_N_Beers again, this whole thing is all hearsay, but if true, the fan was doing much more than expressing an opinion

Sports_N_Beers
Sports_N_Beers

@BenVolinPBP @fesnard So the fan is an a-hole for expressing opinion and Ireland is ok cause he called him an a-hole under his breath? Ok..

OneArrogantSOB
OneArrogantSOB

@bradshaw1984 Yeah. God forbid the guy sit and enjoy a home win without being an asshole...

bradshaw1984
bradshaw1984

@OneArrogantSOB it’s just infuriating, it’s like some fans NEED a gripe to function.

OneArrogantSOB
OneArrogantSOB

@bradshaw1984 Ridiculous soap opera nonsense...Let's get back to football.

fesnard
fesnard

@BenVolinPBP @bychrisjoseph if he said it under his breath he's a coward, too. Say it to the fans face.

OneArrogantSOB
OneArrogantSOB

@BenVolinPBP no1 understands that when u kill a guy over something small, U lose credibility when killing him over something legit.#Ireland

byChrisJoseph
byChrisJoseph

@BenVolinPBP Witnesses say it was loud enough. But whatever. Be above it, Ben. All I'm saying.

bradshaw1984
bradshaw1984

@BenVolinPBP @byChrisJoseph why are we giving attention to this non-story after a big win and during #JetsWeek ? Come on people.

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...