The Human Rights Campaign ripped the New York Giants' hiring of David Tyree as the team's director of player development for Tyree’s past comments expressing anti-gay views.
Tyree, most famous for his helmet catch in the Giants’ Super Bowl XLII victory over the New England Patriots in 2008, made comments in 2011 saying he would trade that catch if it would stop homosexuals from being married.
Tyree played for the Giants from 2003-2008 and his helmet catch was his last NFL reception.
“When did Tyree decide to be straight?” Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said in a news release, via NJ.com. “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. 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.
The Giants released a statement saying that Tyree "was expressing his personal view, and that is not the view of the Giants organization."
- Scooby Axson