David Tyree was quoted on Thursday as saying he would support an openly gay player in the NFL.

The New York Giants was criticized this week for hiring Tyree as the team's next direct of player development.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) objected to Tyree over anti-gay remarks he made during the lead up to passage of New York's marriage equality law.

In a video for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), Tyree said marriage equality would lead to “anarchy,” and in tweets to followers, he insisted that being gay is a choice.

On Friday, NOM defended Tyree, saying he should “be as able to voice his values as anyone else in our country without having to fear reprisals and discrimination.”

(Related: NOM mum on Florida, Colorado gay marriage rulings; worries about Tony Dungy, David Tyree.)

Out former NFL player Wade Davis wrote about meeting Tyree, saying he believes he's “evolving. Just as my mother did. Just as some of our most well-known supporters did. Just as I did.”

“I think he feels badly about the stuff he said three years ago,” Davis said.

“My interactions with Wade over the past few months are much more representative of my current beliefs toward the gay community than some tweets from several years ago,” Tyree is quoted as saying. “Christianity teaches us love, compassion, and respect for our fellow man, and it is in that light that I will continue to work with Wade and others to better serve the gay community. I would absolutely support any player on the Giants who identified as gay, in any way I could. And I will continue to stay in touch with Wade to ensure I am aware of the right ways to do that.”