The New York Giants is defending its decision to hire former receiver David Tyree as director of player development, despite his history of anti-gay comments and activism against LGBT rights and marriage equality.
Tyree became the hero of Super Bowl XLII when he made a fourth-quarter catch that allowed the Giants to win the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots But in 2011, he said he would give up that moment of glory if it meant preventing the legalization of same-sex marriage.
He has said same-sex marriage is akin to “anarchy” and has claimed that homosexuality is a choice.
On Wednesday, Giants General Manager Jerry Reese — responding to criticism from LGBT advocacy groups — said the organization was well aware of Tyree’s comments before making the decision to hire him.
“We do our due diligence on everyone we try and hire around here,” Reese said. “David was, No. 1 he was qualified, and we think he’s a terrific fit for us. We’re happy to have him on board.”
In a 2011 video for the National Organization for Marriage, Tyree spoke out against legislation that ultimately legalized same-sex marriage in New York:
“Marriage is the only relationship that actually mirrors a relationship with God — it’s very unique in that way,” he said. “What I know will happen if this does comes forth is this will be the beginning of our country sliding toward … it’s a strong word, but anarchy.”