The NBA has postponed Monday’s Brooklyn Nets-Minnesota Timberwolves game in the wake of the fatal police shooting on Sunday of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old African-American man who was killed during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minn.
“Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Daunte Wright during this difficult time,” the NBA statement reads in part.
The game could be made up Tuesday since both teams are off, although it’s unclear if the situation in Minnesota — where protests lasted for hours Sunday night — will make that possible.
The Major League Baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox was also postponed, as was the NHL game between the Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Blues.
The fatal shooting of Wright happened against the backdrop of the ongoing trial of Officer Derek Chauvin for the May 25th death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The trial is now in its third week.
Officials called the Wright shooting the result of an “accidental discharge” of a gun by a police officer. Brooklyn Center police Chief Tim Gannon on Monday played body camera footage of the shooting during a press conference. The officer was heard to say, ‘Oh s—-, I shot him.”
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“It is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet,” Gannon said. “This appears to me, from what I’ve viewed and the officer’s reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright.”
The officer who fired the shot has not yet been identified but she was described by Gannon as “a very senior officer” and has been placed on administrative leave.
Mike Elliott, the mayor of Brooklyn Center, said Monday he supported firing the officer.
“Our hearts are aching right now. We are in pain right now,” said Elliott.
States of emergency have been imposed in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, and a curfew has been instituted.