Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins has admitted that meeting the family of the late Matthew Shepard was 'an honor' following Thursday's game at the Pepsi Center.
Collins managed to get the win on the night with his Nets side easing to a comfortable 112-89 victory over the Denver Nuggets.
After signing with the Nets last Sunday, the 35 year old became the first openly gay player in NBA history.
Shepard was tortured and left to die in 1998 for being gay, and the former University of Wyoming student is now commemorated by Collins, who wears the number 98 out of respect.
Collins is currently on a 10-day contract with the Nets, and he today spoke today on Twitter about meeting the Shepard family.
"I'm so fortunate to have met Matthew Shepard's parents and brother tonight after @BrooklynNets win tonight in Denver," Collins posted.
The mother, father and brother of Shepard drove all the way from Casper, Wyoming, to attend the game and meet with Collins in what was described as "one of those cool treats in life."