5 NBA players meet Pope ahead of season
- Five NBA players met Pope Francis at Vatican ahead of the NBA season
- The players were: Jonathan Isaac, Sterling Brown, Marco Belinelli, Kyle Korver and Anthony Tolliver
- They met him to discuss social unrest in the US
Ahead of the NBA season, Five NBA players met Pope Francis on Monday discussing the issues of racism and social injustice back in their country, CNN reported.
The five players were Jonathan Isaac, Sterling Brown, Marco Belinelli, Kyle Korver and Anthony Tolliver.
The players met the supreme pontiff in the Papal Library of the Apostolic Palace and discussed the issues faced by blacks, currently at the forefront of a biggest social upheaval in the community against racism since the 1960s.
"Today's meeting was an incredible experience," Tolliver said according to the report in CNN.
"With the Pope's support and blessing, we are excited to head into this next season reinvigorated to keep pushing for change and bringing our communities together."
Earlier in the year, NBA players chipped in with their bit in support of Black Lives Matter—a socio-political movement which claims to seek equality of races – when they took to bending a knee as the national anthem played at the start of the game.
Bending a knee is not part of the sporting tradition, according to which people players stand erect as the anthem plays.
Some of these also wore Black Lives Matter sign on their jerseys.
Both acts were decried by President Donald Trump as “very nasty”
"Looking at the problems in society and especially those of social justice, sport can be a good means of resolving them," Pope Francis said during the meeting.
"We should always remember this because your message is the goodwill of sports but also working together as a team, the work as a community and may this be the seed of beauty and of a shared development towards justice."
The 2020-21 NBA season is set to begin from December 11 with pre-season games.