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Jason Collins Meets Matthew Shepard's Family

Jason Collins Meets Matthew Shepard's Family


Collins, who has worn a number 98 jersey in honor of Matthew Shepard, met the college student's family Thursday.

Newly signed Brooklyn Nets player Jason Collins met with the family of slain college student Matthew Shepard, whose life he commemorates each time he dons a jersey on the court.

Since last season, Collins has worn the number 98, to mark the year that Shepard, who was gay, was killed. Collins gave Shepard's parents and brother signed jerseys after the Nets headed to Denver during Collins's first week back in the NBA since coming out as gay.

It was not a game-worn jersey, Collins said to ESPN. "I did not want to give them a sweaty jersey," he said with a laugh. "This is a backup."

The Nets beat the Denver Nuggets 112-89 Thursday night.

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