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NBA players discuss social issues in Vatican visit

Field Level Media
24 Nov 2020, 01:55 GMT+10

Five NBA players met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday to discuss their work on social justice issues.

The delegation included Kyle Korver of the Milwaukee Bucks, Sterling Brown of the Houston Rockets, Jonathan Isaac of the Orlando Magic, Anthony Tolliver of the Memphis Grizzlies, Marco Belinelli of the San Antonio Spurs and National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts.

"We are extremely honored to have had this opportunity to come to the Vatican and share our experiences with Pope Francis," Korver said in an NBPA news release. "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."

"This meeting validates the power of our Players' voices," Roberts said. "That one of the most influential leaders in the world sought to have a conversation with them demonstrates the influence of their platforms. I remain inspired by our Players' continued commitment to serve and support our community."

The group flew to Rome overnight Sunday and had a private audience with the pope at 11:45 a.m. local time on Monday, followed by a tour of St. Peter's Square. They were expected to fly home Tuesday morning.

--Field Level Media

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