New York Giants Hire David Tyree, but he is Met with Opposition due to 3-Year-Old Comments about Homosexuals

Craig Barritt / Getty Images North America David Tyree says he would support a gay player on the Giants.
Craig Barritt / Getty Images North America
David Tyree says he would support a gay player on the Giants.

David Tyree is famous for one of the most memorable catches in Super Bowl history. However, since his former team hired him for the front office this week, some are saying the New York Giants have dropped the ball.

On Tuesday, the Giants named Tyree —€“ who made a spectacular, against-the-helmet reception in the Giants’ Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots to cap the 2007 season —€“ as director of player development. Shortly thereafter, NJ.com brought up Tyree’s views on homosexuality as expressed in a series of tweets three years ago, in which he touted gay conversion therapy —€“ a practice mostly discounted by the medical community —€“ and rejected the idea of being gay as anything other than a person’s choice.

During a Twitter exchange about the connection between the gay rights and civil rights movements, Tyree responded: “I’ll never be a former black. I have met former homosexuals.”

The Human Rights Campaign said the Giants made a mistake in hiring Tyree for the front-office position.

“The idea that someone can change their sexual orientation or gender identity is ludicrous, and the New York Giants are risking their credibility by hiring someone who publicly advocates this junk science,” Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin said in the statement (via ESPN.com). “His opposition to basic legal equality aside, David Tyree’s proselytizing of such dangerous practices goes against the positive work the Giants organization has done in recent years.”

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Source: Fox Sports

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