Happy Sunday, New York Giants fans! Big Blue returns to the practice field today and will wear full pads for the very first time in training camp. Today also marks the official one-week countdown until the very first game of the year. In an effort to pass some time prior to practice, we present the following headlines to enjoy over your morning coffee.
An LGBT group has attacked the New York Giants, for hiring a former National Organization for Marriage spokesman as a coach.
The NFL team recently took on former player David Tyree as director of player development.
Sheilah Sable, of Empire State Pride Agenda, said: “Tyree’s hiring says to them that it’s OK to hate someone because of who they are.
“A former spokesperson for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), or one of the most prominent opponents to marriage equality, Tyree has a long history of making outlandish and ignorant comments about LGBT identities and experiences.
“Most recently, Tyree spoke out against the bill in New Jersey to protect LGBT youth from conversion efforts, claiming that he’d met ‘former homosexuals’ and that there’s ‘no scientific data to support the claim of being born gay’."
Why add a player with so many off-field problems, including an arrest last year for failure to pay child support, one day after running back Ray Rice was suspended for two games for violating the NFL personal-conduct policy?
First, there's no financial risk by signing Hill to a one-year, $570,000 contract with no guaranteed money or signing bonus. If Hill has another misstep, the Ravens can simply cut him and move on without any regrets.
It's similar to the thinking behind the Ravens bringing in linebacker Rolando McClain last year. He was another player with a history of off-field issues. The team gave him another chance this spring only for him to retire again after performing poorly during a workout and then ultimately trading him to the Dallas Cowboys without him having ever practiced for the team. The Ravens never lost any money in the failed McClain experiment.
Antrel Rolle was barking out encouragement as if he had a whistle around his neck.
“Get that ball out! Compete, compete, compete!” the Giants safety yelled.
His words were shouted from the sidelines to his defensive teammates, who were in the midst of seven-on-seven drills with the offense late Friday afternoon at the Giants’ training facility in the shadow of MetLife Stadium.
In his fifth season with the Giants, Rolle is one of the obvious leaders on a team that has lost two key leaders in defensive end Justin Tuck, who signed a free agent deal with the Raiders, and guard Chris Snee, who retired at the start of training camp.
Replacing their leadership — as well as the veteran influences of former players such as David Diehl and Kevin Boothe — is an unspoken objective of training camp. It’s part of building the kind of chemistry that leads to success on the field.
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