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.
"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."