NBA to Sell Jason Collins Brooklyn Nets Jerseys, Calls Demand for Them ‘Unprecedented’

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The NBA will soon do something uncommon for a player signed to a 10-day contract: sell that player's jersey.

But there is "unprecedented" demand for apparel bearing the name of Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the NBA, the NYT reports:

On Monday, inquiries by those eager to buy a Nets jersey with Collins’s name started to multiply. On Tuesday, Collins jerseys will go on sale at the N.B.A.’s retail shop in Manhattan and at NBAstore.com.

Collins’s jersey number of choice is 98, in honor of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student from Wyoming who was murdered in 1998. But on Sunday, when the Nets acted quickly to get Collins in uniform for a game against the Los Angeles Lakers, they had to resort to a generic jersey the team travels with in case of emergencies.

As a result, Collins wore No. 46 in the Nets’ 108-102 victory over the Lakers, a game in which he logged 11 minutes, grabbed two rebounds and finished with an impressive plus-8 for his time on the court. On Tuesday, Collins will get to have his first practice with his new teammates. On Wednesday, he will presumably be wearing a No. 98 uniform in Portland against the Trail Blazers.

According to the NBA, fans will be able to buy Collins apparel online starting today.

Comments

  1. dorishin says

    Just ordered one. Quite the proud moment even if it’s only for 10 days. next up hopefully will be a Michael Sam’s jersey. I ordered one to show support and show the NBA and eventually the NFL that Gay players will make them money. I’ll wear it to work out proudly in.

  2. RONTEX says

    Just ordered one too and ship date is March 6th. I’m hoping this means they are having to keep up with demand. Can’t wait to wear it as I train for my first Tough Mudder, us Gays are everywhere these days

  3. Azgaard says

    I’ll order one when they sign him to a full contract. As glad as I am that he is getting this shot, I am not going to support what could simply be a publicity stunt.

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