Jason Collins, the NBA's first openly gay player, on Wednesday responded to Tony Dungy's comments about not wanting to coach Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player.

When asked whether he would have drafted Sam, Dungy, a former NFL player and coach, said no.

“I wouldn't have taken him,” Dungy told the Tampa Bay Tribune. “Not because I don't believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn't want to deal with all of it. It's not going to be totally smooth. Things will happen.”

Dungy clarified in a statement that he was referring to the media attention that goes along with drafting an openly gay player.

Appearing on cabler Pivot's TakePart Live, Collins said that Dungy should look to his experience with the Brooklyn Nets.

“As an NFL coach … shouldn't he want a challenge?” Collins rhetorically asked. “As an athlete, I love a challenge, overcoming obstacles. That being said, I think that personnel, coaches, owners can look at my example, my journey in the NBA and see that after two weeks back, it was about basketball. There were games, especially a month after I was signed, that reporters didn't even ask me any questions.”

“It will always go back to the sport, because there's only so many ways they can write the article, only so many ways they can talk about LGBT issues when you're a professional athlete because you're a professional athlete first,” he added. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Sam responded by joking, “Thank God [Dungy] wasn't a St. Louis Rams coach. I have great respect for Tony Dungy. Like everyone in America, everyone is entitled to their own opinions.”

Rams coach Jeff Fischer backed up Sam, saying on ESPN radio's Mike & Mike that Sam is not a distraction for the team.