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David Tyree says he’d support a gay player on the Giants

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When the Giants hired former receiver David Tyree as their new director of player development, it resulted in some criticism because Tyree has a history of making anti-gay comments. But Tyree says that he would be supportive of gay players on the Giants.

Wade Davis, an openly gay former NFL player, writes at TheMMQB.com that Tyree assured him that an openly gay player on the Giants would be welcomed.

“I would absolutely support any player on the Giants who identified as gay, in any way I could,” Tyree said. “And I will continue to stay in touch with Wade to ensure I am aware of the right ways to do that.”

Tyree is best remembered for his “helmet catch” in Super Bowl XLII. He has previously said that he would give up that catch and that Super Bowl to prevent gay marriage. Tyree hasn’t specifically disavowed those views, but he does recognize that accepting all players — including gay players — is a requirement of his job.

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  1. seanb20124 says: Jul 25, 2014 6:45 AM

    People evolve, Obama and Clinton used to both be anti gay marriage as well.

  2. 69finfan says: Jul 25, 2014 6:49 AM

    Good, maybe the Giants can pick up Michael Sam when the Rams cut him.

  3. The Commish says: Jul 25, 2014 6:50 AM

    The current President of the United States, the chief law enforcement officer in this country, and charged with protecting the rights of his country’s citizens, including those in the gay community, was himself “anti gay marriage” up until about 20 minutes ago. Don’t recall that being a deal-breaker for him serving in his job.

    People are allowed to evolve in their points of view. Move on.

  4. olcap says: Jul 25, 2014 6:51 AM

    Yeah David, that’s fine, but you will be scorned and chastised and be persona non grata for the things you already said. There is no forgiveness for saying the wrong things in our new interpretations of free speech.

  5. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Jul 25, 2014 6:52 AM

    Because he’s a class act.
    It’s the lifestyle he doesn’t agree with, it’s not a dislike for the individual.

  6. natelan says: Jul 25, 2014 6:57 AM

    It’s almost humorous how the African-American community, itself a minority which has been fighting its own civil rights fight for centuries in America, can so often and so obtusely attack another minority group in their crusade for equality.

    Proof that religion makes people do really dumb things.

  7. 700levelvet says: Jul 25, 2014 7:05 AM

    What a hypocrite

  8. Indybear says: Jul 25, 2014 7:05 AM

    The “right ways to do that” is simply to not treat him any differently than anyone else. It must be pretty hard for him to understand since his bigotry obviously runs pretty deep.

    (That last sentence needs some editing).

  9. ctiggs says: Jul 25, 2014 7:24 AM

    Lol this is STRAIGHT PR

  10. 6ball says: Jul 25, 2014 7:25 AM

    .
    Richard Sherman :” I will admit that I’m not the best in the NFL at back pedaling. David Tyree is. ”
    .

  11. flash1287 says: Jul 25, 2014 7:45 AM

    Back peddling at its finest!

  12. ausernamethatisavailable says: Jul 25, 2014 7:52 AM

    You better say that David. Best believe the vultures are circling. Their is only room for one opinion here or you are done and quick. Don’t be fooled into thinking you have a right to voice your religious beliefs. The media has taken that away. You are publicly in favor of gay marriage or you have no right to be in the league. There is no in between.

  13. bergencountyjc says: Jul 25, 2014 8:21 AM

    The sad part is that the recent renaissance of gay rights was brought about purely as a political advantage. It was the flavor of the week back in 2012 when Biden took Obama’s thunder in supporting gay rights. These days its immigration. Next week (2016) it will be war on women.

  14. sterling7 says: Jul 25, 2014 8:46 AM

    Hey Mr. Tyree, how do you feel about “Chris Kluwe”? It wouldn’t have anything to do with being gay-but everything to do with Chris Kluwe being a jerk!!!

  15. kotapug1 says: Jul 25, 2014 8:51 AM

    He can support him as a player
    That does not mean he has to support his lifestyle .

  16. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Jul 25, 2014 8:57 AM

    So let’s get every Tom, Dick, and Harry’s opinion about their support of a gay player. But only if they support it or if they need to backpedal for not giving the progressive-approved opinion in the first place.

  17. newmarketmaulers says: Jul 25, 2014 9:05 AM

    Holy “Dont bite the hand that feeds.”

  18. abninf says: Jul 25, 2014 9:06 AM

    natelan says:

    It’s almost humorous how the African-American community, itself a minority which has been fighting its own civil rights fight for centuries in America, can so often and so obtusely attack another minority group in their crusade for equality.
    ===================================

    Perhaps they don’t equate sexual behaivor to skin color.

  19. NFLJunkie says: Jul 25, 2014 9:12 AM

    There is no forgiveness for saying the wrong things in our new interpretations of free speech.
    ===========

    “New interpretations”?

    I must’ve missed the part where he got thrown in jail for speaking his mind. Because that’s ALWAYS been my interpretation of free speech.

    You want to stand in front of a microphone and give controversial quotes to reporters, or tap out 140 characters on a twitter account with tons of followers, feel free. Because you are.

    But whether you are David Tyree or Chris Kluwe or whoever, the right to free speech is NOT a protection against criticism or debate from freely-speaking people who will disagree with you.

  20. Magyver says: Jul 25, 2014 9:21 AM

    These aren’t the droids you’re looking for… Move along, move along.

  21. titansbro says: Jul 25, 2014 9:26 AM

    The liberals won’t stop until we all agree that prairie dogs should have equal rights.

    ————————————————————–

    No, just when all PEOPLE have equal rights. Why is this so hard to understand?

  22. RexCanCoach says: Jul 25, 2014 9:26 AM

    Dontcha love to watch these kids backpedal?

  23. infectorman says: Jul 25, 2014 9:30 AM

    It’s generational.

    Anyone over 35-40 on here grew up with the idea that Gay was wrong and shun-worthy in public.

    Obviously that extends to people younger than 40 as well but just not nearly a prevalent.
    Gay is gay, straight is straight, not sure what Marriage has to do with it for either side of the argument.

  24. footballfan14 says: Jul 25, 2014 9:44 AM

    Due to the PC police people say the right things when asked to clarify. I don’t think anyone believes that any person should not be treated fairly. The problem is that when someone says being gay is wrong, due to their religion, people want to attack them.

    With that said, everyone in the NFL is going to say the right thing just like in any other sport or job field right now. Nobody wants to make the news so they are just agreeing and moving on. Good move David.

  25. notthetroll says: Jul 25, 2014 9:54 AM

    Fire extinguisher statement.

    So much for a free society when the only views that are acceptable are the ‘officially approved’ ones.
    Journalists are worse than Lawyers
    All lawyers do is suck money out of a situation. Journalists are the active brain washers of this Orwellian Republic.

  26. natelan says: Jul 25, 2014 9:57 AM

    abninf says:
    Jul 25, 2014 9:06 AM
    natelan says:

    It’s almost humorous how the African-American community, itself a minority which has been fighting its own civil rights fight for centuries in America, can so often and so obtusely attack another minority group in their crusade for equality.
    ===================================

    Perhaps they don’t equate sexual behaivor to skin color.

    ———————————-

    Both are born traits. Skin-color is as hard-coded as sexuality. Both deserve equal rights.

  27. natelan says: Jul 25, 2014 9:59 AM

    abninf says:
    Jul 25, 2014 9:06 AM
    natelan says:

    It’s almost humorous how the African-American community, itself a minority which has been fighting its own civil rights fight for centuries in America, can so often and so obtusely attack another minority group in their crusade for equality.
    ===================================

    Perhaps they don’t equate sexual behaivor to skin color.

    ————————-

    You can’t “pray the black away” just as you can’t “pray the gay away”. Both sets of genetic code are pre-determined for the fetus-turned-baby-turned-human, and neither should be used against them.

  28. dave4nyfg says: Jul 25, 2014 10:06 AM

    That guy has no business being associated with the Giants, at least I would have thought so. So disappointed in the franchise for this hire.

  29. natelan says: Jul 25, 2014 10:07 AM

    Even Dick Cheney has a gay child. Guess it must be genetic after all. And if it IS genetic, it should be a protected lifestyle, since no one “chooses” to be gay, it is a born characteristic. Just like being black, or white. Gay people don’t get to choose their lifestyle, their sexual orientation is pre-determined before their birth. It’s repugnant of any person to hold their sexual orientation against them.

    Christian/Right-Wingers are the biggest anti-gay sect in America, but they also (strangely… or not) have the highest rate of h0m0sexuality amongst their ranks. It seems like every other month we hear about some high-ranking evangelist having some sort of frequent gay liaison or masseuse.

    Repression and hypocrisy in action.

  30. raider8er says: Jul 25, 2014 10:17 AM

    Christian/Right-Wingers are the biggest anti-gay sect in America.
    ———————————————

    They are also the least Christ-like. Jesus preached love and compassion. Not this lot.

  31. bonnovi says: Jul 25, 2014 10:20 AM

    Yes, he’s entitled to his opinion. No, we do not live in an Orwellian dystopia where there is a “Thought Police” and there’s vast government/media conspiracy to suppress to personal opinion.

  32. dave4nyfg says: Jul 25, 2014 10:21 AM

    From his quote: “I would absolutely support any player on the Giants who identified as gay”

    What does “who identified as gay” mean? He is not even conceding that someone can actually be gay, just that they think they are. This turd of a person has no business being part of this great organization. Or maybe I need to rethink how much respect I have for the team.

  33. jetblackninja says: Jul 25, 2014 10:24 AM

    Free speech is a protected right in America, as is Freedom of Religion.

    So anyone can express an “unpopular opinion” such as Tyree did, however…. another protected right is Freedom of Association, which means that society at large can reject you for being a bigot if it chooses to do so.

    “Freedom” goes both ways.

  34. nomoreliesfortoday says: Jul 25, 2014 10:25 AM

    “Why are you not tolerant of my intolerance?”

    ~the whole anti-gay marriage argument summed up for everyone.

  35. xsm941f says: Jul 25, 2014 10:38 AM

    Hilarious. What did anyone expect him to say?

  36. abninf says: Jul 25, 2014 10:44 AM

    natelan says:
    Jul 25, 2014 9:57 AM

    Both are born traits. Skin-color is as hard-coded as sexuality. Both deserve equal rights.
    ==================================

    Everyone on this earth has a trait. Gays in this country have never been slaves, have never been prevented from going to school or using a public bathroom, have never been prevented from voting and have always had the exact same legal rights with the exact same legal restrictions to marriage as anyone else. It’s always white liberals who think they can tell black people why gay sex is comparable to their skin color. Obviously the majority are not buying it.

  37. longdrive2011 says: Jul 25, 2014 10:45 AM

    3 percent, it’s only 3 percent of the population. And since when is being against gay marriage discriminating against gays?

    Meanwhile Ray Rice beats the crap out of his wife and over the course of a year stories about people being offended by words, whether it’s someone’s opinion about gay marriage or the Redskins team will receive 10 times the amount of coverage.

  38. nflpoker says: Jul 25, 2014 10:45 AM

    If it wasn’t for Kluwe, none of this would have happened.

  39. stevent92 says: Jul 25, 2014 10:50 AM

    raider8er says:
    Jul 25, 2014 10:17 AM
    Christian/Right-Wingers are the biggest anti-gay sect in America.
    ———————————————

    They are also the least Christ-like. Jesus preached love and compassion. Not this lot.
    __________________________________

    Jesus preached turning from sin to God in faith. Don’t remake Him into some 21st Century-PC image that is nothing like who He really was.

  40. 4thandlonger says: Jul 25, 2014 11:06 AM

    stevent92 says:
    Jul 25, 2014 10:50 AM

    Jesus preached turning from sin to God in faith. Don’t remake Him into some 21st Century-PC image that is nothing like who He really was.

    —————————————-

    Why not? He had a pretty cool hipster beard. Got 21st c PC down pat on J dizzle. It’s only those who take the bible literally and have set ideas who truly don’t understand religion.

    Back on topic……….

    Tyree is director of player development. That means personal and professional development. He doesn’t have to agree with someones sexuality but he can’t just be someone who ignores it don’t ask don’t tell style.

    I really hope he has changed his views not just hidden them, otherwise a gay player wont get true support from someone who’s job on TV is to provide that support.

  41. bullcharger says: Jul 25, 2014 11:13 AM

    When it comes to understanding and supporting a gay associate, friend or relative, people can change. It’s absolutely possible that Tyree made anti-gay comments in the past and now will be supportive.

  42. nflpoker says: Jul 25, 2014 11:22 AM

    titansbro says:
    Jul 25, 2014 9:26 AM
    The liberals won’t stop until we all agree that prairie dogs should have equal rights.

    ————————————————————–

    No, just when all PEOPLE have equal rights. Why is this so hard to understand?

    ———————————————–

    Haven’t you ever heard of the word sarcasm.??
    Lighten up. Geez. This is all media driven. or can’t you understand????? BTW, prairie dogs are people too, yah know.

  43. natelan says: Jul 25, 2014 12:42 PM

    abninf says:
    Jul 25, 2014 10:44 AM
    natelan says:
    Jul 25, 2014 9:57 AM

    Both are born traits. Skin-color is as hard-coded as sexuality. Both deserve equal rights.
    ==================================

    Everyone on this earth has a trait. Gays in this country have never been slaves, have never been prevented from going to school or using a public bathroom, have never been prevented from voting and have always had the exact same legal rights with the exact same legal restrictions to marriage as anyone else. It’s always white liberals who think they can tell black people why gay sex is comparable to their skin color. Obviously the majority are not buying it.

    ——————————————–

    No, they just get beaten to death for no reason. Almost reminds me of another group who was constantly being hung for no reason.

  44. tangovader says: Jul 25, 2014 12:46 PM

    Backpeddling.

    Smart.

  45. natelan says: Jul 25, 2014 1:10 PM

    stevent92 says:
    Jul 25, 2014 10:50 AM
    raider8er says:
    Jul 25, 2014 10:17 AM
    Christian/Right-Wingers are the biggest anti-gay sect in America.
    ———————————————

    They are also the least Christ-like. Jesus preached love and compassion. Not this lot.
    __________________________________

    Jesus preached turning from sin to God in faith. Don’t remake Him into some 21st Century-PC image that is nothing like who He really was.

    ————————————–

    *picture of Morpheus in his sunglasses*

    What if I told you there was no Jesus?

  46. TheWizard says: Jul 25, 2014 5:27 PM

    What if he doesn’t “evolve” ?

    Is that……….controversial?

    Just because pop culture worships the gay lifestyle now doesn’t mean everyone is on board, or is going to be.

  47. sportsfan18 says: Jul 25, 2014 6:42 PM

    No, he hasn’t and wont’ accept it.

    Saying the right things is what he’s doing.

    He’ll tolerate it because he has to.

    The man spoke and his feelings didn’t change overnight.

    He still doesn’t NOT accept it.

    He’s going to tolerate it though if it comes to that is all.

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