Just a week after ex-New York Giant Plaxico Burress gets out of jail, the guy who enabled him to score his Super Bowl XLII-winning touchdown has put himself in a politically incorrect gulag of sorts.
David Tyree, the former Giants wide receiver — who is best remembered for his stunning catch in the game, which put his team at an offensive advantage over the New England Patriots and eventually leading to their victory — says that gay marriage will lead the nation into “anarchy.”
Making his statement as gay marriage legislation is being considered by New York state lawmakers, Tyree appeared in a National Organization for Marriage video explaining that same-sex wedlock would be “the moment itself where our country loses its grip with what’s right.” He went on:
“Marriage is one of those things that is the backbone of society. So if you redefine it, it changes the way we educate our children, it changes the perception of what is good, what is right, what is just.”
Channeling his inner Anita Bryant, Tyree also says that same-sex couples should not be allowed to raise children, either because “you can’t teach something that you don’t have. So two men will never be able to show a woman how to be a woman. That’s just, for lack of better terms, common sense.”
Despite his famous 2007 catch, Tyree was cut from the team the next season, but was allowed to resign with the team for one day so that he could retire as a Giant. He made the video in response to former Giants legendary defensive end Michael Strahan’s public service announcement in support of gay marriage.
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But the response to Tyree’s position has become swift as a defensive blitz. Jarret Barrios, president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation told TMZ.com Tyree’s words “are as misleading as they are ridiculous.”
Human Rights Campaign spokesman Fred Sainz also called unnecessary roughness on Tyree. He told ESPNNewYork.com that same sex couples have been marrying “for years now and cows are still giving milk, little boys are still pulling little girls’ pig tails, and we still drive on the right side of the street. New York’s passage of this law will result in nothing more than a more just and equitable society.”