Five NBA players meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican to discuss equality issues and the league’s new social justice coalition

Pope Francis met with five members of the NBA’s newly formed National Basketball Social Justice Coalition at the Vatican on Monday to discuss issues related to equality. San Antonio Spurs guard Marco Belinelli, Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac, Kyle Korver of the Milwaukee Bucks and Memphis Grizzlies power forward Anthony Tolliver were joined by NBA players’ union executive director Michele Roberts and two other union executives – Sherrie Deans and Matteo Zuretti. ‘We are extremely honored to have had this opportunity to come to the Vatican and share our experiences with Pope Francis,’ Korver said. ‘His openness and eagerness to discuss these issues was inspiring and a reminder that our work has had a global impact and must continue moving forward.’ The union said the players spoke about their ‘individual and collective efforts addressing social and economic injustice and inequality occurring in their communities.’ The audience came days before a book comes out in which Pope Francis supports demands for racial justice, specifically the actions taken following the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, a black man who died in May. A police officer in Minneapolis pressed a knee against his neck for minutes while Floyd said he couldn’t breathe and pleaded for his life.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail