In April 2013, NBA player Jason Collins came out in an issue of Sports Illustrated, and more than 100 pro athletes weighed in on the news, the majority of them sharing positive remarks. Fellow NBA players gave their support, with LeBron James saying, "I think it's very noble on his part. I think it's a strong thing to do, and I think as NBA players, we all offer him our support."
In February, as a member of the Brooklyn Nets, Collins became the first openly gay player to hit the court. That same month, Collins met with Matthew Shepard's family after a game, saying, "I am very honored. I'm so fortunate to have met Matthew Shepard's parents and brother tonight."