WWE wrestler John Cena has spoken in support of Michael Sam's coming out.

Sam came out last week in interviews with ESPN and The New York Times. The college football player is a strong NFL draft prospect. If drafted, Sam would become the NFL's first openly gay player.

In an appearance on Larry King Now, Cena compared Sam to Darren Young, the WWE's first openly gay wrestler.

“I'll say about Mr. Sam what I said about Darren Young,” Cena told host Larry King. “Darren is a wonderful professional in the ring. He's one of the hardest working guys and one of the most technically skilled guys we have. His life outside of the ring doesn't affect his workplace. And in Mr. Sam's case, that's obviously the same situation.”

When asked what it was going to be like for Sam in the NFL locker room, Cena answered: “People who can't accept an individual for living their life the way they want – 'cause we only get one go-around in this thing – that's just downright ignorance.”

“I think it takes one major step for the dominoes to fall,” he said of recent gay rights gains. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)