During this past Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland was walking through the Sun Life Stadium concourse at halftime and was seen talking to some fans. It sounds like every fan was nice to him except for one. The fan told Ireland that he needs to fire himself. Ireland responded to the fan by calling him an “a–hole”
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 fan was wrong for telling Ireland to fire himself, but then again Dolphins fans have a right to be upset with how poorly their team has been run over the years.
I also can’t say I’m surprised by Ireland’s response, he’s had a history of allowing his mouth to get him into trouble.