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Jason Collins has best-selling jersey in NBA

Jason Collins became the first openly gay player in the NBA.
By Aileen Graef Follow @AileenGraef Contact the Author   |   Feb. 26, 2014 at 4:16 PM

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Jason Collins, who is on a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets, has had his jersey with number 98 become the best-selling in the NBA.

The number 98 jersey is in honor of the slain teenager Matthew Shepard, who was killed in an anti-gay hate crime in 1998. Rather than being focused on history being made or jersey sales, Collins says, "Right now I'm just trying to focus on learning the plays."

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Collins is on a 10-day contract with the Nets, which is essentially a "try-out" period. If all goes well, he could be signed for the rest of the season, which would make his jersey available permanently.

[Newsy]

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