Major US sports leagues have decided to postpone the Minnesota games, sparking protests sparked by the police murder of Daunte Wright, a black man who was shot dead in a traffic obstruction over the weekend.
The incident sparked large-scale protests in the area that resulted in clashes with police and a 7 p.m. city-wide curfew that lasted until 6 a.m. on Tuesday.
Major League Baseball (MLB) Minnesota Twins became the first team to postpone their home game against the Boston Red Sox due to overnight tensions.
“Out of respect for the tragic events that took place at Brooklyn Center yesterday, and after the added detail in this developing situation, the Minnesota Twins have determined that it is in the best interests of the fans, staff, players and the community to see today Game not to play. The team said in a statement.
“The decision was made by the Minnesota Twins after consulting with Major League Baseball and local and state officials. The Minnesota Twins extends its condolences to Daunte Wright’s family. “
The move was followed by other sports leagues, including the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League, which also postponed their games after the shooting event.
Minnesota Wild of the NHL and Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA also decided not to play on Monday, “in the best interests of the fans, staff, players and the community after talking to local and state officials.”
Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said Wright was killed in a routine traffic obstruction after a police officer accidentally shot him.
The officer allegedly tried to use her taser but fired her gun instead.
The incident took place near the courtroom where former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the murder of George Floyd last summer.
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