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Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland Exchanges Words With Fan

Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland doesn't take too kindly to criticism from fans in person.

Ireland had an unpleasant exchange with a fan during Miami's win over the Oakland Raiders, after the fan told Ireland that he should "fire himself."

For better or for worse, Ireland confirmed the exchange, and commented on it to The Miami Herald.

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.

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.

Ireland didn't say anything too off base, calling the fan an a------. It's tough to get mad at Ireland over this, and it's tough to say that the fan didn't deserve it. If somebody told me I should fire myself, I'd have more choice words than what Ireland used.

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