Shortly after the New York Giants announced the hire of David Tyree as their new Director of Player Development on Tuesday, the Human Rights Campaign made their objections clear. They do not support the Giants' decision based on remarks Tyree made in both 2011 and 2013.
When asked about the hire on Wednesday, General Manager Jerry Reese stood by the team's decision, saying Tyree was not only qualified for the job, but is allowed to have his own religious beliefs and opinions even if they do not reflect the organization's beliefs and opinions.
"Number one, he was qualified for the job. He is a terrific fit for us and we're happy to have him on board," Reese said prior to practice. "Sometimes you say some things that maybe you don't want to say or shouldn't have said and things can get blown out of proportion to a degree. But I'm not here to talk about social issues or somebody's personal opinion about their beliefs.
"I believe everybody should be treated equal, I believe everybody should be treated fairly, I believe everybody should have an opinion on what they want to say. Most of all I believe I should mind my own business and try to keep the plank out of my own eye."
That stance was not acceptable to the Human Rights Campaign however, who almost immediately released another statement blasting the Giants, Reese and Tyree following the General Manager's interview.
“The suggestion that LGBT people should somehow try to change an immutable aspect of their identity is not just silly, it’s downright dangerous,” said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. “David Tyree is seen as a role model by countless fans across the country. By promoting these harmful personal views shrouded as facts, there’s no question that he’s inflicting lasting damage on individuals – especially young people victimized by adults who see his words as license to try and ‘cure’ their homosexuality with physical and psychological torture tactics.”
It remains unclear what, exactly, the HRC is trying to accomplish by their relentless onslaught of the Giants and Tyree, but we can expect this issue to linger for a long, long time as they clearly are not tolerant of what they believe to be Tyree's intolerance.
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