The media are portraying the NBA's Jason Collins as courageous for becoming the first player in a major team sport to announce he's gay.
Some have even compared him to sports legend Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball.
President Obama called Collins to congratulate him, and fellow NBA player Kobe Bryant tweeted his support.
"Don't suffocate who you are because of the ignorance of others," tweeted Bryant.
First lady Michelle Obama tweeted, "We've got your back."
But ESPN commentator Chris Broussard called Collins' gay lifestyle "open rebellion against God."
During the ESPN show, "Outside The Lines," Broussard was asked his response to Collins' claim that he is a Christian.
"Personally I don't believe openly homosexual," he responded. "The Bible says you know them by their fruits, whatever it may be."
"I believe that's walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ," he continued. "I don't think the Bible would characterize him as a Christian."
Broussard's comments led to a firestorm of discussion online, with some calling for ESPN to fire him. Others, however, applauded his biblical stance.
Broussard later said he has no objection to Collins or anyone else playing in the NBA.