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NBA's Collins honors gay hate crime victim, meets family

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Jason Collins, the NBA's first openly gay player, met with the parents of Matthew Shepard while the Brooklyn Nets were in Denver to face the Nuggets. (Source: KDVR/CNN) Jason Collins, the NBA's first openly gay player, met with the parents of Matthew Shepard while the Brooklyn Nets were in Denver to face the Nuggets. (Source: KDVR/CNN)

DENVER (KDVR/CNN) - The Brooklyn Nets' Jason Collins honored the victim of a fatal gay hate crime in the team's game Thursday against the Nuggets.

Collins, the league's first openly gay player, wore the jersey number 98 in remembrance of Matthew Shepard. The 21-year-old college student was killed in 1998.

Collins met Shepard's parents for the first time the night of the game.

"My friends and family knew why I chose that number, and it's just cool to see so many people support it as evident by people buying the jersey," Collins said.

The 98 Nets jersey has become the top seller on NBA.com, according to a league spokeswoman.

Collins recently signed a 10-day contract with Brooklyn.

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