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Jason Collins’ #98 jersey honoring Matthew Shepard big seller at NBA store

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

NEW YORK — Jason Collins hasn’t even worn his No. 98 jersey in a game yet, and already it’s a big seller.

Jason-Collins-jerseyCollins’ jersey was the biggest seller of the day Tuesday on NBAStore.com, two days after he signed with the Brooklyn Nets and became the league’s first openly gay player.

A league spokesperson says it is selling well again Wednesday, the day Collins will debut it when the Nets visit the Portland Trail Blazers.

He wore No. 46 on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers because his preferred number wasn’t available yet.

Collins picked No. 98 in tribute to Matthew Shepard, an openly gay student at the University of Wyoming who was tortured and murdered near Laramie, Wyo., in October 1998.

The league doesn’t provide the number of jerseys sold.

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14 more reader comments:

  1. His #98 actually pays homage to the year The Trevor Project was created.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 9:27pm
  2. Wrong! Collins has publicly stated he chose #98 in honor of Matt Shepard. http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2013/04/matthew-shepards-mother-touched-by-jason-collins-tribute/

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 9:34pm
  3. Both reasons are accurate by his own account. http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/jason-collins-matthew-shepard-parents-touched-by-jason-collins-decision-to-wearnumber-98-042913

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 9:42pm
  4. You are both right and it's wonderful.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 9:53pm
  5. White/Black/Latino Support Jason Collins!. A MUST!. :)

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 9:28pm
  6. This is nice…………….Chicago.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 9:33pm
  7. he did ply 2 play 2 nights ago :)

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 9:34pm
  8. Are they still available

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 9:34pm
  9. I don’t even follow basketball but I’d totally wear this jersey.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 9:51pm
  10. Love

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 10:02pm
  11. Hooyah Brooklyn!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 10:03pm
  12. Jason, I applaud you & your courage!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 10:12pm
  13. Thank you Mr. Collins!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 10:26pm
  14. thank you jay zand your wife

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 10:40pm