By 12 April, 2021 - 04:49pm 8 views
General view of Target Field where the baseball game between Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox was postponed this Monday.Jesse Johnson / Reuters
The NBA suspended the game that Minnesota Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets were to play on Monday because of the death of Daunte Wright, 20-year-old after being shot by a police officer in Brooklyn Center, northwest of Minneapolis. The Baseball League (MLB) postponed the game in which the Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox were to meet, and the Ice Hockey League (NHL), the duel between the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues. The baseball and ice hockey games have been postponed until Tuesday, the basketball game is pending the NBA's decision.
The Timberwolves released a statement in which they say: “The tragic event that cost Daunte Wright's life once again leaves our community in mourning. After consulting with the League and state and local officials, we believe postponing tonight's (Monday) game against the Brooklyn Nets is the best decision. ”
Wright died after he was shot by a Minnesota police officer in a traffic stop. Local Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting as "an accidental discharge", arguing that, reviewing the footage, he believes that the officer who shot was intended to use a taser (stun gun), not a firearm. . The event comes at a time of special sensitivity for the city, which celebrates the third week of the trial against former agent Derek Chauvin, accused of suffocating and killing African-American George Floyd on May 25, 2020.
The incident occurred while the police Minnesota tried to arrest Wright with a pending warrant. The Minnesota Office of Criminal Detention is investigating the incident. Demonstrations against police violence began Sunday outside the police station in Brooklyn Center, 10 miles from where Floyd vanished under Chauvin's knee. The police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd in a day that ended with looting and violence.
American sports mobilized last summer in the wake of the deaths by police violence of George Floyd and also, in August, by Jakob Blake in Kenosha (Wisconsin). In protest, on August 27, the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted their playoff game against the Orlando Magic. It was an unprecedented decision. The NBA then decided to postpone the scheduled games for three days.
The League, suspended due to the pandemic, had returned to play as of July 31 in the Disney World bubble, despite the reluctance of several players and after that an agreement be reached between his union and the NBA so that during the games they could make their claims against racism clear and in demand for justice. The players, coaches and referees, with a few exceptions, listened to the anthem before the games with one knee on the ground and with the shirts with the inscription Black Lives Matter , a motto that was also displayed on the parquet of the three pavilions they used . Most of the players also competed with T-shirts with previously agreed words or slogans to promote positive change in society.