Jason Collins signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets and made history becoming the fist openly gay professional athlete in the United States’ four major sports leagues. Now his popularity is shown through jersey sales.
NBA Senior Vice President Vicky Picca said Tuesday that Collins’ No. 98 Brooklyn Nets uniform is the top-seller on NBA.com, besting the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin. “Jason Collins’ return to the league represents a historic moment, and fans continue to show their support by (buying) Jason’s jersey,” said Picca.
Not bad for a 12-year journeyman who played for six different teams and averaged 3.6 points per game during that time; he is definitely known for his defensive skills than what he can do on the offensive-side of the ball. The 35-year old Collins received a warm reception from teammates, media and fans during his first game back when the Nets played the Los Angeles Lakers
Even though he hasn’t worn the number 98 yet this season (he donned the a number 46 for the Lakers game), Collins is known for the 98 jersey in honor of Matthew Shepard, the gay University of Wyoming student beaten to death in 1998.