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Jason Collins meets with Shepards

Updated: February 28, 2014, 2:00 PM ET
By and Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

DENVER -- Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins met privately with the parents and brother of the late Matthew Shepard following the team's 112-89 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night at Pepsi Center.

The player gave Dennis and Judy Shepard an autographed, No. 98 black and white jersey, and laughter could be heard throughout the 10-minute meeting.

Collins, who became the first active openly gay player in NBA history Sunday after signing a 10-day contract with the Nets, ...

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