Apr 12, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Minnesota Twins game postponed in wake of police killing of Daunte Wright

Photo of a baseball player running to catch a ball in a stadium with George Floyd's name hanging as a banner
Byron Buxton No. 25 of the Minnesota Twins makes a catch in center field at Target Field in Minneapolis. Photo: Hannah Foslien via Getty Images

The Minnesota Twins postponed Monday's game against the Boston Red Sox out of respect for the "tragic events" surrounding the police shooting of a 20-year-old Black man on Sunday.

Why it matters: Daunte Wright's death, about 10 miles from the scene of George Floyd's killing, has sparked outcry and reignited Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality.

What they're saying: The Twins decided "it is in the best interests of our fans, staff, players and community to not play today's game," the team said in a statement, adding that the "Minnesota Twins organization extends its sympathies to the family of Daunte Wright."

  • The Twins consulted MLB as well as local and state officials on the postponement, according to their statement.
  • Information regarding the rescheduled game will be released at a later time.

The Minnesota Timberwolves also announced they would be postponing Monday's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

  • "Yesterday's tragic event, involving the life of Daunte Wright, once again leaves our community mourning," the team said in a statement.

The big picture: Police claim the officer who shot and killed Wright accidentally used their gun instead of their Taser.

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