The story of the New York Giants hiring David Tyree to be their director of player development seemed heartwarming on the surface.
Tyree made one of the greatest plays in NFL history, the famous "Helmet Catch" that led to the Giants upsetting the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. He never caught another NFL pass. The Giants hiring him was a callback to their past glory, bringing a former Super Bowl hero home.
The Human Rights Campaign wasn't so excited about the idea, recalling Tyree's views on gay people and his stance on gay marriage in 2011, and ripped the Giants for the hire.
Tyree tweeted in 2011 that “there is no scientific evidence to support the claim of being born gay," according to CBS New York. He also told the New York Daily News in 2011 that he'd trade his famous catch and the Giants' championship to stop gay marriage.
Remembering this, the Human Rights Campaign criticized the Giants for hiring Tyree, according to ESPNNewYork.com.
"When did Tyree decide to be straight?" HRC president Chad Griffin said in a statement to ESPNNewYork.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."
Tyree had no comment on the HRC statement when reached by ESPNNewYork.com. The Giants told ESPNNewYork.com in a statement, that Tyree "was expressing his personal view, and that is not the view of the Giants organization."
Wade Davis, who came out after his NFL career was finished and now is a LGBT advocate, supported Tyree.
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