Former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler said Wednesday that a Wisconsin church had rescinded its invitation for him to speak because he had congratulated Jason Collins on becoming the U.S.'s first openly gay professional athlete.

The 44-year-old Butler, who is credited with inventing the touchdown celebration Lambeau Leap, said he has previously spoken at the church.

“I speak about not bullying people and then I do a football camp,” Butler told the Press-Gazette Media.

He said that tweeting, “Congrats to Jason Collins,” prompted a telephone call from a church representative.

“They said, 'Well, we can't have you talk about that.' Not that it was what I was gong to talk about anyway, but I said, 'Why not?' And they said I had to talk to the pastor, and that's when it got heated. I don't know the exact Bible verse, but he was telling me that God doesn't like homosexuals.”

“They said, 'If you apologize and take the tweet down and ask God for forgiveness, we'll let you speak,' and I said I wouldn't do that.”

“I wasn't trying to be political or anything, you know me, I love everyone, and I just want to come speak to the kids and help the kids, but the pastor said some parents said if the speaker supports gays and lesbians we will not attend.”

Butler said he was to be paid $8,500 for the speaking engagement, but that sponsors, not the church, pay the fee.

“I have received an apology from the church, but mainly thanking me for not releasing the church name, to me that's not important,” Butler added in a tweet.