Andy Brennan, Australia’s only openly gay soccer player, said rugby player Israel Folau’s comments against gay people are ‘awful.’

Folau said that hell awaits gay people on an Instagram post, and was terminated from his rugby team. Brennan says that while the post was awful, when he called it out on social media, someone saw his post and found the courage to come out to a friend, according to ABC News.

"I kind of related it to myself," Brennan said, according to ABC News. "If I was 16 years old and reading what he said, it would have made me feel awful...I wonder what would’ve happened if I’d read it, and how it would’ve changed my life."

Brennan became the first soccer player in Australia to come out as gay in May.