Several Minnesota professional sports teams have postponed their games on April 12 following the shooting death of Minnesotan Daunte Wright.
The Twins were the first to issue a statement on the postponement on Monday:
The statement reads as follows:
Out of respect for the tragic events at the Brooklyn Center yesterday and further details of this evolving situation, the Minnesota Twins have decided it is in the best interests of our fans, staff, players and our team. community not to play today’s game.
The decision was made by the Minnesota Twins after consultation with Major League Baseball and local and national officials. Information regarding today’s game rescheduling and corresponding ticket details will be released shortly.
The Minnesota Twins organization expresses its sympathies to the family of Daunte Wright.
The NHL’s Minnesota Wild also postponed their game, releasing a statement similar to that of the Twins:
Out of respect for the heat break incident that happened last night at the Brooklyn Center, tonight’s Minnesota Wild game has been postponed.
The decision was made in the best interests of our fans, employees, players and community after discussions with local and state officials, and the National Hockey League. Tonight’s game has been postponed to May 12.
The Minnesota Wild organization extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Daunte Wright.
The Timberwolves followed suit, saying their Monday game against the Nets was postponed:
Yesterday’s tragic event, involving the life of Daunte Wright, once again leaves our community morning. After consulting with the League and local and national officials, we believe that postponing tonight’s game against the Brooklyn Nets is the best decision.
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx extend our sincere condolences to the family of Daunte Wright.
Wright was a 20-year-old black man who was shot dead by police during a traffic stop on Sunday. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said Monday the murder was an “accidental discharge” and the officer intended to draw a taser rather than his gun.
Police were attempting to arrest Wright when a fight ensued, leading to the shooting.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has imposed a curfew in an attempt to curb riots and protests over Wright’s death.