Minnesota's MLB, NBA, NHL games postponed in wake of Daunte Wright shooting

Civil unrest in the Minneapolis area has forced the city's three in-season professional sports teams to postpone their home games Monday afternoon and evening.

The Minnesota Twins were the first to announce their baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, scheduled to start at 1:10 p.m. CT, was postponed out of concern for the safety of fans and players in the wake of a fatal police shooting in a nearby Minneapolis suburb on Sunday.

Shortly afterward, the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and NHL's Minnesota Wild followed suit and postponed their home games, which were to begin later in the evening.

“Out of respect for the tragic events that occurred yesterday in Brooklyn Center, and following the additional details in this evolving situation, the Minnesota Twins have decided it is in the best interests of our fans, staff, players and community to not play today’s game," the team said.

A message on the video board displays a game postponement between the Red Sox and Twins at Target Field.
A message on the video board displays a game postponement between the Red Sox and Twins at Target Field.

"The decision was made by the Minnesota Twins after consultation with Major League Baseball, and local and state officials. ... The Minnesota Twins organization extends its sympathies to the family of Daunte Wright.”

The NHL and Minnesota Wild each extended their "deepest condolences to the family and friends of Daunte Wright" in announcing Monday night's game had been postponed.

The Wild-Blues game has been rescheduled for May 12 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

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Earlier Monday, police released the body camera footage from the officer who fatally shot Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, at a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, roughly eight miles away from Target Field.

Police responded to protests Sunday with riot gear as demonstrators gathered in the city, mourning Wright's death.

The Twins and Red Sox were preparing for the game to be played before the team, MLB and state and local officials made the joint decision to postpone it.

"There's a big part of this decision that is also rooted in safety. In consultation with law enforcement about unknowns about what could transpire within the broader community over the next several hours based on the news that has come out of Brooklyn Center this morning," Twins president and CEO Dave St. Peter said.

"Once you understand that information, I think for us, the decision becomes a lot easier. The only thing to do is always to err on the side of safety -- for our players, for our staff, for our fans."

Wright's death comes as Minneapolis was already on edge in the middle of the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who faces murder charges in the death of George Floyd last May.

Meanwhile, the Timberwolves issued a similar statement, expressing sympathy for Wright's family and friends.

“Yesterday’s tragic event, involving the life of Daunte Wright, once again leaves our community mourning. After consultation with the League, and local and state officials, we believe postponing tonight’s game versus the Brooklyn Nets is the best decision," the team said.

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For the past year, the NBA and its players have become increasingly outspoken on systemic racism, including police brutality. The Milwaukee Bucks staged a walkout before a playoff game against the Orlando Magic last summer in the NBA bubble a day after Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officers shot Jacob Blake seven times.

Following Floyd's killing, the Timberwolves were among the NBA teams that invited guest speakers and recorded public service announcements about systemic racism. Karl-Anthony Towns and Josh Okogie on May 29 joined former NBA player Stephen Jackson, who was friends with Floyd, for a protest at Minneapolis City Hall. D’Angelo Russell also participated in a protest in his Louisville hometown to speak out on the killing of Breonna Taylor.

The Timberwolves also formed a multi-year partnership with The Minneapolis Foundation to address racial inequities.

There's no immediate word on when the Twins and Timberwolves games will be made up.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Minnesota Twins, Timberwolves, Wild all postpone games due to unrest