Former Florida Congressman Allen West rejects the idea that Jason Collins showed courage in becoming the U.S.'s first openly gay professional athlete.

In a Sports Illustrated cover story, Collins co-wrote about his struggle being gay in the NBA. The 34-year-old 12-year NBA veteran's announcement was welcomed by President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

Those accolades didn't sit well with some, including Ben Shapiro, the editor-at-large of the conservative Breitbart News, who tweeted: “So Jason Collins is a hero because he's gay? Our standard for heroism has dropped quite a bit since Normandy.”

(Related: Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro defends saying Jason Collins is not a hero.)

The announcement also rankled conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who asked his listeners, “Why can't everybody just put your sexual preferences on Facebook and call it a day?”

(Related: Jason Collins' coming out leaves Rush Limbaugh feeling left out.)

In a segment, West followed suit.

“I tell you, courage would be being a gay basketball player in let's say Iran, and coming out publicly. I do not think it takes courage to state something that would result in your becoming a darling,” West said. “So, you can bet my not jumping on the Jason Collins hit parade will draw the ire of those who swim with the current and fawn over that which is culturally and politically correct.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

West went on to state that heroism should be reserved for people like Sgt. Greg Robinson, the first amputee to complete Army air assault school, a grueling 10-day course.