Last week, the New York Giants hired former wide receiver David Tyree as the team’s new director of player development. Tyree, you probably recall, gained acclaim for his incredible reception during Super Bowl XLII – a reception that ultimately led to New York’s shocking victory over the previously undefeated New England Patriots.
Three years after the catch, Tyree found his name in the news again, this time for his commentary on gay marriage. Tyree said, according to ESPN.com, that “he would trade in his famous Super Bowl helmet catch if it would stop homosexuals from being married.” Due to those comments, the Human Rights Campaign criticized Tyree’s hiring by the Giants.
Eddie Robinson, host of The Outfield on OutQ, said he spoke with Tyree, who told Robinson he wanted to treat people with respect. Tyree, according to Robinson, also said he didn’t know what gay-conversion therapy was – a treatment Tyree previously endorsed – and didn’t think anybody should go through that sort of process.
Following his conversation with Tyree, Robinson spoke with CBS Sports’ Gregg Doyel, and asked whether he thought Tyree should have secured a position with New York.
“That guy shouldn’t work for the NFL for anybody,” Doyel said. “He’s not a criminal, and people have their rights […] There’s public relations battles you fight, and to bring in that guy from 2011, that’s a public relations nightmare, as well it should be.”
That’s a bad guy. He might be a nice guy, but that’s not a good guy. Maybe the David Tyree of now is different. People can change, people do change, people get better with more information … The guy, three or four years ago, that guy doesn’t belong in the NFL.