Former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler said Thursday that he would welcome openly gay players in the NFL.

The 44-year-old Butler, who is credited with inventing the touchdown celebration Lambeau Leap, made his comments during an appearance on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 to discuss an incident over Jason Collins' coming out.

Collins, an NBA free agent, came out gay on Monday in a cover story for Sports Illustrated.

Butler said that after he tweeted, “Congrats to Jason Collins,” a church in Wisconsin, which he refused to name, rescinded its invitation for him to speak on bullying to a group of young people. Butler stated that the church said that he could speak if he apologizes, deletes the tweet and asks God for forgiveness. He refused.

“It just bothers me,” Butler told host Anderson Cooper.

(Related: Church cancels LeRoy Butler's speech over Jason Collins tweet.)

After saying that he did not know any gay football players, Butler told Cooper that he would support such players.

“And I know it's been rumored Anderson about maybe some guys getting together coming out. I would let those guys, just say this: They got support from straight guys like me that won't judge them. So, if you want to come out, take your time, or come out tomorrow, or whenever, it doesn't matter to me.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)