Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo discussed NBA free agent Jason Collins' coming out during a Meet The Press segment.

The 36-year-old Ayanbadejo, who is currently a free agent, called Collins' coming out “a big deal, because America's calling for it.”

“People have to realize that, even though it's your right to have religion and to … really, you can't use that right of religion to take other people's rights away,” Ayanbadejo said. “Equality trumps all of them.”

“People think gayness has something to do with femininity, when, really we just need to erase that stereotype from our minds. LGBT people come in all different types and shapes and forms. So I think that's really what we're fighting.”

“But the beautiful thing about what Brittney Griner did is that it barely made a splash,” he said of the WNBA star's recent coming out.

(Related: WNBA's Brittney Griner comes out gay.)

“That's what we're trying to do in men's sports when people announce they're gay. We don't want it to change the climate in sports. We want everybody to be accepted and people can go out there and love who they want to love and be who they are so they cannot only be better people but they can also be better athletes.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)