HoopsHype Jason Collins rumors

March 2, 2014 Updates

The NBA will donate proceeds from the sale of Jason Collins jerseys to the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network and the Matthew Shepard Foundation, the league announced Friday night. The league said donations will total no less than $100,000. The NBA also will auction off Collins' game-worn, autographed jerseys to benefit the same organizations. ESPN.com

Collins said he spoke Friday with Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam, who announced before the NFL scouting combine that he was gay. "He's a great young kid," Collins said. "Obviously the focus right now for him is to keep training, keep working hard and get ready for his pro day." Collins said he tries to guard his private life as much as he can. "But at the same time you're sort of in a special situation," he said, "where you want to live your life in an authentic, honest way. That's why I chose to come out on my own terms and chose the way that I did it." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Same-sex marriages are being legalized in more states and Collins said he is in full support of that movement. "I realize there are fights in different courtrooms and different jurisdictions, different states," Collins said. "But I think ultimately, as a country, we need to move forward. "Marriage equality for everyone and move forward." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

March 1, 2014 Updates

For years as he chased his dream, shooting hoops and racing up and down the court, professional basketball player Jason Collins wore the No. 98 jersey. It was a personal gesture, a way of remembering Matthew Shepard, a gay college student whose own dreams were ended in 1998, when he died after being tied to a fence post, beaten and tortured. But when Collins came out as the first openly gay NBA player in history, that number suddenly took on a broader significance. "I've grown so much as an individual, I've come across so many great people, great organizations, heard so many great stories, inspiring stories," Collins said, adding "... it's nice to have a positive impact on someone's else's life, and I feel like with my actions that I've had a positive impact on someone's else's life." CNN.com

"I've met some other athletes who sort of are in the same position as I am, and we're sort of like a fraternity just trying to help each other, just trying to, uh, keep inspiring each other, whether it be Robbie Rogers or Michael Sam, the list goes on and on," Collins told Nichols of Rogers, an openly gay soccer player, and Sam, an openly gay NFL prospect. "So many great athletes I've met along my journey. And it's really great to, you know, hear each other's stories and keep, you know, inspiring each other (out here)." When she visited Collins in Denver, Shepard's mother, Judy, gave the basketball player some words of encouragement. "... Her message was like, 'let the haters hate.' Just keep ... living your life and keep going out there and being yourself," Collins said. CNN.com

After a week of surprising demand at the NBA Store and online, the NBA announced Friday that all proceeds from its sales of Jason Collins No. 98 jerseys will be donated to two charities supported by the Nets center. Collins says he is "thrilled" to help the organizations. Here's the announcement.. The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that it will donate all proceeds - not to be less than $100,000 - from the sale of Jason Collins Brooklyn Nets jerseys to the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and the Matthew Shepard Foundation. In addition, the league will auction off Collins' autographed, game-worn jerseys to benefit the same organizations. NetsDaily

February 28, 2014 Updates

Jason Collins had plenty of gifts for Matthew Shepard's parents: a basket, a blowout, an autographed No. 98 jersey that he wears in honor of their son. They also shared some laughs. Collins played the final eight minutes of the Brooklyn Nets' 112-89 romp over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night, and although his three points and four fouls weren't much to look at in the boxscore, rarely has the 35-year-old center been this proud of a performance. "I got them a bucket," the center said. Oklahoman

February 27, 2014 Updates
February 26, 2014 Updates

Jason Collins didn’t even have to wear his No. 98 jersey for it to become a hot commodity. According to a league spokesperson, Collins’ jersey was the top seller at the NBA Store and its website on Tuesday, the first day it was made available. Collins wears the No. 98 as a tribute to Matthew Shepard, who was brutally murdered in a gay hate crime in 1998. Collins has said it’s a symbolic and important number in the gay community, and his lone gesture of solidarity as he tries to keep the focus on basketball. New York Daily News

February 25, 2014 Updates

The NBA decided to make Jason Collins' No. 98 jerseys available on Tuesday morning due to high demand, according to a league spokesman. The jersey was available on NBAStore.com and at the NBA Store in Manhattan after the league received hundreds of inquiries for it both online and at the store, according to the spokesman. ESPN.com

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