CHEYENNE, Wyo. • The mother of a gay University of Wyoming student who was robbed and beaten to death in 1998 says she finds it touching that NBA veteran Jason Collins honored her son by wearing jersey No. 98.
Matthew Shepard's mother, Judy, said that she hadn't known about the tribute by Collins, who this week became the first player still active in one of the four major U.S. professional sports leagues to announce that he is gay.
"We're very touched that he regards Matthew as somebody special," Judy Shepard said in a telephone interview. "We're especially happy that now he feels free to be himself. We're happy for him, relieved that his news is being received so well across the board."