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

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

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, 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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