PHOTO: Jason Collins, who wears number '98' for Matthew Shepard, meets Matthew's parents


Openly gay Brooklyn Nets player Jason Collins met Matthew Shepard's family after Brookyln's game in Denver on Thursday.  Collins wears a number '98' jersey in a tribute to Matthew, who was killed in 1998. Before meeting Matthew's family, Collins said, “I was in college at the time when [Matthew] was killed. Of course it’s a tragedy what happened and I just hope it inspires others to come forward. It’s definitely going to be special meeting them after the game (Thursday) and I’m looking forward to it."

Collins then tweeted:

Watch an Associated Press video about the meeting below:

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