MLB, NBA, NHL Games Postpone Minnesota Games in Wake of Daunte Wright Shooting

People gather in protest, Sunday, April 11, 2021, in Brooklyn Center, Minn. The family of Daunte Wright, 20, told a crowd that he was shot by police Sunday before getting back into his car and driving away, then crashing the vehicle several blocks away. The family said Wright was later pronounced dead. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)

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.

“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.”

In announcing the Wild’s home game against the St. Louis Blue was being postponed “out of respect for the community,” the NHL also extended “its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Daunte Wright.”

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

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SOURCE: Yahoo! Sports, Steve Gardner and Mark Medina

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