Giants criticized for Tyree hire

The Human Rights Campaign criticized the New York Giants’ hiring of David Tyree as the new director of player development for his past comments expressing anti-gay views (ESPN, July 23).

Tyree, who said in 2011 that he would trade in his famous Super Bowl helmet catch if it would prevent homosexuals from being married, will replace fellow former Giant Charles Way.

He also claimed that same year that “there is no specific evidence to support the claim of being born gay.”

The HRC issued a statement Tuesday blasting the Giants for the decision to hire Tyree, stating that his claim “has been debunked and condemned by every major medical and mental health organization in the country, including the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, and many others.”

“When did Tyree decide to be straight?” HRC president Chad Griffin asked in the statement. “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.”

Despite the controversy, the Giants stand by their decision to hire Tyree, issuing a statement Tuesday evening that Tyree “was expressing his personal view, and that is not the view of the Giants organization.”




16 comments
rico
rico

In the NBA they force the bigots to sell their teams, 

in the NFL they hire bigots and just say "we don't agree with him"


hmmmm?

JamesWS
JamesWS

Amazing how real football news gets posted in here and there will be maybe 1-3 comments. Then we get one of these "ESPN" stories in here and there are 15 comments. Just an observation.

jaymanjay
jaymanjay

So sick of people using the first amendment to justify what grown adults say. Generally it protects you from criminal liability for what you say. But just because you can't be thrown in jail does not mean there should be or will not be held accountable in other ways. Slander is a type of speech too but you know what you can be sued for that. So just because you say it doesn't mean there is no accountability. If you are a openly racist person that's your right, but if you choose to be that way it might make it difficult to work in very many public jobs that's the reality.

chestrock
chestrock

people should stop being fruits and so overly sensitive. Who cares what he said - if he is good at his job so be it


Michael Frias
Michael Frias

People are allowed to have their opinions.  And others are allowed to disagree with their opinions.


Same as any other job, as long as Tyree's views don't interfere with his ability to do his job, I see nothing wrong with this hire.


Plus, ESPN can come down on him, as there are plenty of other (less popular, ratings wise) that would praise Tyree for his statements.

greekgod
greekgod

We should all write letters to ESPN on against their bias on David Tyree and never to watch it again. They have a lot of nerve especially the sportscasters who think that they're no  better ones in the media. 

I will never watch it again from now on (haven't watched ESPN in five years)

greekgod
greekgod

I used to watch ESPN until several years ago with their bias on certain situations on players. I do not watch it anymore and never will especially when they came out against David Tyree a hero in my mind. Giants did the right thing in hiring him to make the Giants a better organization. 


Raise the flag for David Tyree and the NY Giants!

Paul Thomas Mannino
Paul Thomas Mannino

I go on the SNY blogs to avoid the ESPN bias. Destroying Dungy and Tyree while sainting Sam and Kluwe (sp?) propagandically makes it seem like there's only one side to this issue. There's not. People are allowed to disagree (especially when the disagreement is born from religious conviction). The media threat towards anyone who doesn't hold the party line on this issue is amazing. We've achieved witch hunt status.

And, I get it, it's Giants news; so I'm not condemning BBB for sharing it. I just get sick of ESPN's bias. They are the hero-makers and the goat-makers. And they do it so obviously.

greekgod
greekgod

Its a shame that in this country an individual cannot express his own views of either political or social awareness. Tyree expressed his own views, not the views of NY Giants and should not have  been criticized in the media; of course we all know what the media can do to anyone who shares reversed attitudes. 

Tyree is a good man, a hard worker and a great addition to the Giants family. A man with some b***s for a change.

What he said was correct in my mind, he said what was right, he said what he thought, he said what may hurt the game in some manner in the future.....if enough players would admit the same thing nothing would be mentioned in the papers.

Michael Meenan
Michael Meenan

@Michael Frias I agree. Tyree wasn't an employee of the Giants at the time he made the statement. And whether he was or wasn't, he's absolutely entitled to his point of view - not that I even agree with it. The first amendment is pretty important.

Wayne Pavia
Wayne Pavia

Can you make those comments at your job? There's things that freedom of speech doesn't translate to in the corporate sector. As an employee of the NY Giants and a public figure those statements could cost him his job.

Your opinion is just that and not fact based. Typical righty.

samohrama
samohrama

@greekgod Tyree is entitled to his opinion and so is the HRC. 


The problem with this hire (BTW, I am not a Tyree hater) is that he is in charge of player development. The NFL players on the NYG report to Tyree as a "Human Resource" manager. If one/few of the players are not comfortable with his public views, then the NYG have made an unsafe work environment for the players (Unions). 


Therefore, while Tyree is entitled to his moral/religious/ethical views - his hiring puts both the players and the organization in a position to resolve sooner than later. 


I do find it biased that ESPN in particular is reporting and sensastionalizing those clubs and players that are homophobic. It's sad that the HRC would take this opportunity to pick on anyone who is against gays and lesbians and not focus on the inhumane practices of the NFL and its production of the merchandise produced in sweat shops by young kids. 


No, this is more important of an issue - the human rights recognition of one group and ignoring others. 


Sad 

McGeorge
McGeorge

@Wayne Pavia Who determines whether  an  opinion is fact based?  


Can people's opinion change over time?


Should someone never be allowed to hold a job based on comments from 3 years ago?


If someone says something you don't like, and someone else says "its 3 years ago", does that make them a "righty"?

Jeff Comerford
Jeff Comerford

@samohrama @greekgod Actually, not entirely true.  Human Resources professionals are allowed to have opinions on things.  Even if they are different then the ones shared by others.


They are measured on how they perform their jobs, how they follow the processes and policies of their employers, and that they do not violate any state, local or federal laws.


Tyree can not agree with homosexuality, but as long as he does not discriminate against anyone who is homosexual (which is a protected class in NJ) in his official capacity, then he is fine.  As long as Tyree keeps his personal opinions outside of the workplace - he has not created a hostile work environment.  If someone chooses to discuss it with him, it would be prudent for him to say that it is not an appropriate topic for discussion and leave it at that.

samohrama
samohrama

Valid point Jeff. Still,NYG should have a.thorough background check like any candidate who apply for a.job. FB, TWITTER...candidates are not hired based on these facts alone. I knew I should have applied for the this position when it was on monster.com!