NY Giants Hire Notorious Homophobe As "Director Of Player Development"
The New York Giants may not be one of the first NFL teams to welcome gay players thanks to the disgraced man the team has just hired as its Director of Player Development. Former Giant David Tyree, who was a spokesman for the National Organization for Marriage, has been tapped for the vital position.
Tyree's history as an anti-gay activist is well-known. After joining NOM in 2011, Tyree said that he'd rather give up his Super Bowl Ring than see marriage equality legalized. "I don't want my kids to think homosexuals are normal," he said.
As Towleroad points out, Tyree also fought New Jersey's ban on "conversion therapy" for gay minors.
His more divisive views -- like somebody can change their sexual identity through therapy --- came to light via a series of Twitter messages from 2011 first reported by NJ.com.
"I'll never be a former black," Tyree tweeted in June 2011. "I have met former homosexuals. That's the truth."
The tweets -- along with his crusade for years against gay marriage -- drew a strong rebuke Tuesday by the Human Rights Campaign, both in a response to an inquiry from NJ.com and in a press release Tuesday evening.
“When did Tyree decide to be straight?” asked Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin in a news release. “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 said in a statement that Tyree "was expressing his personal view, and that is not the view of the Giants organization."