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NBA to donate jersey revenue

AFP-JIJI

The NBA said Friday it will donate all proceeds from the sale of Brooklyn Nets jerseys that once belonged to Jason Collins to two gay rights groups.

Collins became the first openly gay, active male athlete in one of the four major North American professional team sports last Sunday, when he signed a 10-day contract with the Nets.

His jersey has quickly risen to the top spot on the top-selling jersey list at NBAStore.com.

Collins chose to wear the number “98″ in honor of Matthew Shepard, a college student who was murdered in 1998 in an anti-gay hate crime.