Former Lions boss and current ESPN analyst Matt Millen was interviewed by SportsCenter anchor Chis McKendry this morning. And while I'm completely sick and tired of hearing about the draft, this segment was particularly interesting and managed to hold my interest long enough to keep me from changing the channel to anything other than the draft.

The subject was the hot topic du jour: Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland asking Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant whether his mother was a prostitute.

Despite McKendry's best efforts to steer Millen into the answer she was looking for, Millen refused to fall in step with the PC crowd that has attacked Ireland and helped the all-sports crowd fill time until the next Favre rumor comes down the pike.

"We're making a big deal out of something that's probably not that big a deal," Millen said.

Millen went on to explain how NFL executives are looking for a reaction when they ask draft prospects unconventional questions that the prospects haven't been prepped to answer. He said he could have asked questions that were offensive back when he was running the Lions (insert your own joke here).

As I was listening, I thought to myself, "Well, poor old Matt just landed himself back in hot water." 

During the draft, Millen had what I thought was a harmless on-air back-and-forth ribbing with friend Ron Jaworski. I was in mid-draft coma, so the details of whatever they were talking about were fuzzy background noise. Then I heard Millen use the word "Polack." The comment hit me kind of like the time on a Monday night in 1983 when Howard Cosell used what was considered an insensitve slur when describing a Redskins receiver who was running down the field with the ball. I just had a sense that Matt was going to catch all kinds of heck. 

Naturally, Millen had to apologize later in the telecast. I'm sure the ESPN phones lit up with complaints, causing Millen to be hurried out front to give the standard PC apology speech that people seem to need on a daily basis to keep functioning.

I'm not sure whether Millen will get grilled again for his opinion on the Dez Bryant situation, but I say leave the guy alone. First of all, he's entitled to his opinion. Secondly, he's probably right. A bigger deal is being made that should be made.

An NFL executive was insensitve while asking a question he probably shouldn't have. Boo hoo. Move on.

Or maybe it's just me thinking of my own mother's advice from about 40 years ago. Something about "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." Sound advice on the playground, in the blogosphere and in the NFL.