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The Pope received NBA players and spoke of social justice

The Pope received NBA players and spoke of social justice

Pope Francis received in audience a delegation from the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) of the United States, which illustrated its efforts to promote social justice and reject racism in the country.

Among the group received at the Vatican were the Italian Marco Bellinelli, from the San Antonio Spurs; Sterling Brown of the Houston Rockets; Kyle Korver of the Milwaukee Bucks; Jonathan Isaac of the Orlando Magic and Anthony Tolliver of the Memphis Grizzlies.

And also five executives of the NBPA, the NBA players union: its executive director, Michele Roberts; the head of the foundation, Sherrie Deans, and the head of the International Relations section, Matteo Zuretti.

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During the meeting, the activism of athletes and the association “in support of movements for social justice” in the United States was reviewed, according to a statement from the NBPA, but also the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

There was also talk of the basketball world’s efforts to raise “awareness of the current plague of national police misconduct in communities of color” in the wake of George Floyd’s death last May.

To relate all this work, the players gave Pope Francis a book with images, phrases and press clippings that summarizes the activism of the members of the association and the use they make of their influence to “fight for change.” EFE (HN).

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