When the Giants earlier this week hired former receiver David Tyree as their new director of player development, the announcement unleashed a firestorm of controversy that focused on Tyree's past comments about marriage equality.

And with the fact that the first openly-gay player is beginning his rookie season, taking a look back at Tyree's anti-gay thoughts led to a hailstorm of negative publicity.

For example. This is what Tyree told the National Organization for Marriage in 2011 when talking about marriage equality.

"This will be the beginning of our country sliding toward, it's a strong word, but anarchy,” Tyree said. "How can marriage be marriage for thousands of years and now all the sudden because a minority, an influential minority, has a push or agenda ... and totally reshapes something that was not founded in our country.”

Perhaps the only former player to defend Tyree, though, was Wade Davis, who revealed himself as gay after a brief professional playing career. And writing for theMMQB.com on Thursday, Davis expanded on his thoughts on why he believed Tyree's mindset is beginning to change, and he quoted Tyree saying that he would welcome a gay player in the Giants organization.

Davis wrote that he was hurt by Tyree's past views, but this offseason, Davis has spoken at a number of events to talk to players and coaches about LGBT issues. After one of those presentations, Tyree approached him, shook hands with Davis and said, “I want you to know I really respect what you do.”