From the Timing Is Everything Dept., the New York Giants have just hired a new Director of Player Development, and you may remember him. David Tyree is most famous for his helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII, where he pinned a ball to his noggin to help beat New England 17-14.
But Tyree’s hire comes with plenty of carry0n baggage. He’s dead-set against gay marriage, so much so that he once said that he’d trade that 2008 title to block it. And since Tony Dungy recently said the things he did about how he wouldn’t choose Michael Sam in the draft due to his sexual orientation, some have let this Tyree controversy slip past the goalie.
“His misinformed and dangerous statements put his judgment into question, on and off the field,” Fred Sainz, a spokesman for the leading gay advocacy group Human Rights Campaign, told NJ.com. “Why would the New York Giants organization want a guy like this working for them?”
In his new job, Tyree, whom as you might expect is deeply religious, would be in charge of “helping to develop new players as young men.” He is also on record as saying that he would trade his Super Bowl title to block gay marriage. New York Daily News:
“Honestly, I probably would,” Tyree said in 2011. “Nothing means more to me than that my God would be honored. Being the fact that I firmly believe that God created and ordained marriage between a man and a woman, I believe that that’s something that should be fought for at all costs.
“So I’ll lay down everything I am to preserve the honor and integrity of the God that I serve.”
Here are some tweets by Tyree from 2011:
@ronbachar there are many former homosexual men & women in this country & no scientific data to support the claim of being born gay.
— David Tyree (@DTyree85) June 18, 2011
— David Tyree (@DTyree85) June 21, 2011
And earlier this month Tyree lamented the large number of “effeminate” men.
— David Tyree (@DTyree85) July 9, 2014
The Giants responded to the criticism with the standard “Tyree’s opinions are his own, and do not necessarily reflect the Giants’.” But when you put a guy in charge of helping to “develop new players as young men”, then don’t his views here become super relevant? (Answer: yes).
Now they’re screwed. The Giants can’t reverse themselves, because Tyree is their Super Bowl hero, and their fans would burn the place down. So they’re going to have to dig in and endure the mortar fire from human rights groups and the public.
Oh, and Tyree also hates The Simpsons.
— David Tyree (@DTyree85) April 2, 2014
Great, now I have to be ashamed of the Giants and their 2008 title because of the ignorant, homophobic comments of David Tyree.
— njdss4 (@njdss4) July 22, 2014