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GM Jeff Ireland has 'regret' over unpleasant exchange

Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland and one Dolphins fan had an uncomfortable exchange at halftime of Sunday's game between the Dolphins and Raiders and the organization is trying to figure out what to do about the issue even as fans are calling a local radio station to report the matter.

According to multiple eyewitnesses who called local station The Ticket and a highly placed club source who confirmed the exchange to The Herald, the Dolphins general manager was walking through the Sun Life Stadium concourse at halftime when the incident occurred.

After visiting his wife and family in his suite, Ireland exchanged pleasantries with a couple of fans, signed autographs and took pictures with at least two other fans as he headed back to his seat where he watches the game. Before he got there another fan called him over and Ireland, believing he was about to exchange more pleasantries, found himself listening to the fan complaining about his work.

That fan complained to Ireland about what he said was his poor management of the team. And at one point that fan said to Ireland, "We need you to fire yourself."

According to everyone I've talked to including team officials, Ireland responded by using the term "a--hole" either directed at the fan or loud enough for the fan to hear as he walked away.

The Dolphins contend there was no argument between Ireland and the fan. The fan, going by the name Sean, called The Ticket and confirmed there wasn't an argument. But the fan did say,  "The sum and substance of what I suggested is that he should fire himself."

Sean told The Ticket's Eric Reid Show that Ireland patted him on the shoulder, said, "Good one," called him the epithet, and walked away.

"I don't begrude the guy for not appreciating what I had to say," Sean told the station. "I can't tell you I wouldn't respond any differently if someone said I should fire myself. By the same token, I'm not the general manager of a professional football team.

"I feel like I expressed an opinion he probably needed to hear."

A Dolphins source has a different version of the events. The team's version is that Ireland simply walked away and that as he was walking away he said "kind of out loud" the word "a--hole."

The Dolphins are expected to meet in the coming hours to decide what course of action or response the uncovering of this incident will get, the source said.

Update: Jeff Ireland just called me. The Dolphins did indeed discuss the matter internally. He told me he regrets the incident.

"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."

The Dolphins are planning to use Ireland's quote to me as their official statement on the matter.

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YG,

From the last blog....

Apparently you didn't like my comment about teams like NE, Pittsburgh and GB getting rid of guys they would have had to pay big money to just to keep. Do the names Assante Samuel, Plaxico Burress and Joey Porter coming to mind? These are just three names off the top of my head. This isn't how these guys do business. Do I need to dig deeper?

I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS POST HAS BEEN ALL THAT IS HERE ALL DAY. HOW ABOUT AN INJURY OR PRACTICE REPORT?

In Ireland's defense, I believe he does regret calling the guy an A sshole.

I'm SURE he wishes he could have/would have just dropped the dummy in his tracks.

Jeffy ain't No-Ho Dawg!

the following are racist thugs with IQs bordering on what would be considered retarded for the average office worker not born 6'5 and 250 genetics:

1. Joey Porter
2. Channing Crowder
3. Charles Barkley


See a pattern?

Craig M,

You mentioned everyone talking about Jeffy in the negative.

Did you see my Pro Jeffy posts yesterday?

Coalition,

I did.

Can you imagine the uproar over this incident if we'd lost Sunday? Wow! It would have sent guys right over the edge....LOL.

YG,

Still not convinced? How about Adam Vinateri and Richard Seymour? Want me to keep going?

Much ado about absolutely nothing.

Lol Jeff George on the Barkley reference

The following are garbage:

1. John Elway
2. Jim Irsay

who cares? is this really important? one person calls another person an @hole? happens everyday where I work, and no-one's calling the press to whine about it. And I love how some folks want to re-hash the Dez Bryant business... did Ireland make a mistake passing on him? Ask Jerry Jones what HE thinks... Ireland hasn't been perfect (no GM is.. even Belichek misses), but I, for one, really like where this team is going... so he can call any pinhead he wants an @hole.

I call it like I see it, D20. Charles Barkley hates white people. And after 50 years on this planet, he still can't speak English.

Shaq feels like Barkley does too, but he's smart enough to hide it.

These guys are taught hatred as kids.

Rip Steve sabol. NFL films. Thanks for all those highlights! RIP!

Is that all the fan said? That is the best he could do?
I guess Ireland doesn't like the truth. As most here have been saying for at least 2 years.

NFL Bloopers & Practical jokes -- great film

LOL...this blog is FUNNY....

Many of YOU...Regulars and Trolls and "1st time poster...long time FIN FANS".....have Ireland FAR worse right here on this blog.....

BUT....ONE FAN...who has the BALLS to speak his mind when the chance comes....and now Ireland has a MILLION MAN ARMY that comes to his defense...lol.....

I wonder what brought on this SUDDEN and UNEXPECTED change of heart.....

could it be the win vs. OAK-town.....

Nah....

you guys wouldn't be that fickle....would you????

Have cursed Ireland far worse....

How many times have I read Ireland should be FIRED on this blog....but somebody says it to his face...and ooooohhhhhhh.....bad man......

are you serious?????

A little perspective @ 4:23.....

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Sounds like a funny scene actually, unless the fan actually came off as threatening. Barring that, seems to me like Ireland needs to get out a little more.

Posted by: Tom | September 18, 2012 at 04:23 PM
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Even in this article by Armando the fan doesn't seem the least bit offended or upset.....

He said that was just of the conversation....."I don't begrude the guy for not appreciating what I had to say," Sean told the station. "I can't tell you I wouldn't respond any differently if someone said I should fire myself. By the same token, I'm not the general manager of a professional football team.

"I feel like I expressed an opinion he probably needed to hear."
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Sounds like a guy I would have a beer with.....

IMO. I think Ross should fire Ireland. Give control of the team to Philbin let Philbin draft the players its not like Philbin is the offense coordinator, he can hire a GM do boy to help him out, that way Ross doesn't have to bring in a GM that might bring his people in here
Anyone in there right mine knows that Sherman Philbin pick Tannehill it wasn't JI. Probably most of the picks, I think JI picked Egnew that's why he is probably a bust, most players that JI picked or had his hands in it are busts... So IMO Fire the loser.

Life happens.....

even if it makes others uncomfortable......

you guys wouldn't be that fickle....would you????

Posted by: Kris | September 18, 2012 at 05:36 PM

I might be.........how much does it pay?
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Apparently Jeff Ireland is like our Little Sister. We can pick on her and call her names.

But, if any of them other Kids do.......Grrrrrrrrrrrr(Shaking my fist vigorously!).

But Odin....

Hes a FIN FAN....

a PAYING FIN FAN......

What's up losers?

Anyone besides me make any money today?

Jets are 3 point favorites at Sun Life? That makes no sense at all. When the Dolphins get finished with the Jets all of the Jets will have sore backdoors!

kris, I'm with you. I'm surprised by how quickly several posters here have come to Ireland's defense when we've said far worst things here (myself included).

Did we also forgot about the the fly-over 'Fire Ireland' banner and fans' protest during the summer?

Ireland has every right to use the a-word. But at the same time, that guy Sean had the right (and guts) to speak his mind. Ireland didn't need to apologize, but I hope he took it to heart that this is fans' frustration for the past 4 years under his watch.

Seriously Kris, I don't know about hanging out with the guy. He sounds a little like a Dullard IMHO.

I mean, out of one side of his mouth, he says, I can't say I would react any different.

Then out of the other side of his mouth he says, I'm not a GM, like GM's should be held in high esteem or conduct themselves in a certain superior manner.

OK, but if all thats fine and dandy, then why approach Ireland in an OBVIOULY antagonistic way?

To me, thats like talking smack to somebody when you pretty sure they can't their hands on you. Or teasing a dog when he's locked in the pen.

It wreeks of cowardice in my mind. But thats just me.

Which, BTW, he's lucky it wasn't. Me in that situation, game on the line, careers pending, running down to check in with the wife and kids?

I can HONESTLY tell you, if Ireland were ME, he'd probably just be getting out on bond and heading to Ross' office for a "Meeting".

Keep The Pimp Hand STRONG!

ValHalla - ROTFLMAO!!!!

+1 Kris.....everybody wanted Ireland's head yesterday, now he's a good guy. LMAO

Are you frequently embarassed to wear Dolphins gear on Monday morning? Have you all forgotten who is responsible for our Miami Dolphins being the laughing stock of the league?

Sorry but my memory is a little better than some of you guys

But Odin....
Hes a FIN FAN....
a PAYING FIN FAN......

Posted by: Kris | September 18, 2012 at 05:52 PM

Thats OK, he's not going to talk to my little sister like that!

A Paying fan you say? I would of took his money after I smacked him down ;)

Direland......

My sentiments exactly.......

The exchange was fine.....Ireland defended himself....the fan spoke his mind...I liked it.....

To all the GM lovers out there.

The Patriots have reportedly waived WR Greg Salas, RB Lex Hilliard and LB Mike Rivera.
Salas' release is a surprise, less than three weeks after the Pats reunited him with ex-Rams coordinator Josh McDaniels for the cost of a conditional 2015 draft pick. Salas must not have shown much in practices, as he had yet to see the field in the first two games. The Patriots worked out free agent WR Brian Robiskie on Tuesday.

I guess they all can't be perfect!!!

Armando and Minions were hoping to get Ireland over the barrel for........for what? For having a conversation with a fan?

Get out of here.

Tell us about how bad the Refs have done so far and if anythings changed.

Tell us what the deal is with Charles Clay!

Now, if Ireland publicly calls out SpOrano and calls HIM an A sshole, THEN you MIGHT have SOMETHING to work with!

psssssssssssssssssssssfpt!!!!

A sshole?

Psssssssssssssfprt - Most of the Women I date call me an A sshole. It's like a Nick Name. A Term of Endearment........if you will.

Odin.....

I see by what you wrote you you interpret the fans words.....I see them differently.....

The dude wasn't offended....but like like Ireland...he was probably caught off guard.....

He wasn't shocked...just surprised he got a response.....

guy was right, ireland sucks. no biggie. better news was that ross was secretly shopping the team, which of course he denies

What a lame comeback...

I would've told the guy to 'Fire Himself" but FIRE would be spelled differently of course. And sound different.

I would respect Ireland a lot less if he had smiled and quietly walked away. I don't care what you paid for a ticket and how much you had to drink, if you talk to another human that way you are an a-hole, period, point blank.

Now that Richard Marshall is hurt and probably won't play on Sunday is a great opportunity to evaluate the Coaches, see if they have an adequate replacement.

So Irelena dwent looking for re-sults and ended up with in-sults.
Ha Ha Ha

miamatt that fan is fed up as are most fans that are left

That's Ireland went looking for re-sults and ended up with in-sults.
Ha Ha Ha

Despite what I think of the job Ireland is doing, I say good for him.

I'm going to walk into a Burger King tonight and make little mouse noises when they ask to take my order. I will go "squeak, squeak, squeak" and put my hands near my face like little, tiny claws. Then I will turn around to the people behind me in line and do the same thing, except scrunching up my face and adding little clicking noises.

Nothing to see here. Now plenty of folks don't approve of his performance but it is not appropriate to confront him during a game.

Thats rosses A--Hole buddy, anybody else would be history.

Amazing Ireland isnt fired. Everthing he does is a disaster.

Although many People are coming to his side, I still don't see what the problem is with Ireland as a GM. From an economic standpoint, he will have us way under the cap with plenty of choice picks for next Draft. From a talent evaluator point of view, he's gotten us Pouncey, Thomas, Bush, Thigpen, Tannehill, Jonathan Martin, Lamar Miller which are or will surely be starters in this League, plus other fringe Players, Jimmy Wilson, Olivier Vernon, Pat Devlin,etc., which might. What's some Fans problem with Ireland?

a man does and SAYS what 99% of you "claim" you want...and agree with....

He tell Ireland to Fire himself.....

On a scale of rowdy fans....I would say that rates about a NEGATIVE 3......

but now the same 99% are all insulted for Ireland....is this like a sympathy pregnancy.....are your feelings hurt because Ireland's are suppose to be.....

its an upside down blog....

Anyone else notice the phins now won 6 games straight at home?

I almost....ALMOST want to see this blog on a Sunday/Monday after a....je.....

I can't bring myself to say it....

GO FINS.....

Anyone see Steve Young rip into the NFL over the replacement ref situation last night? Man, did he ever rake them over the coals---basically called the owners a bunch of billionaire oligarchs who could care less about the integrity of the game so long as the ratings and the ad revenue keep pouring in. Good stuff.

Nah, Kris, it's not an upside down Blog(or World) that just how most People are.

Yo Jeffy, not the way to treat your customers. And very unprofessional...again.

If the other owners are nearly as cheap as Ross the refs will never be back. lol

Wow can you say overblown!!! I am not an Ireland guy but come on how is this even a story.

The fan must've been black.....

You must be careful in believing these announcers. Most of them and their stations are being grea$ed by whoever is representing the refs on strike. Me? I have not noticed any great difference in refereeing.

THE ALMIGHTY KRIS HAS SPOKEN!

I was right believing this blog couldn't go THREE days without all the 'Fire Ireland' comments. This after a big win on Sunday. Ironic that these comments just grow and grow and grow...unlike the comments in here after the win Sunday or Monday morning.

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