“Out of respect for the heartbreaking incident that occurred last night in Brooklyn Center, tonight’s Minnesota Wild game has been postponed,” the team said in a statement. “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. The Minnesota Wild organization extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Daunte Wright.”
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) April 12, 2021
PREVIOUSLY, 12:37 PM: Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins have postponed today’s home game against the Boston Red Sox. It had been set to start at 2:10 p.m. local time at Target Field.
The move comes in the wake of protests erupting overnight after police shot and killed Daunte Wright during a traffic stop Sunday in a Minneapolis suburb. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon told reporters today that Wright, who is Black, was mistakenly shot by an officer who sought to use her Taser but fired her gun instead.
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The incident happened about 10 minutes away from the courtroom where former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin is on trial in the killing of George Floyd last summer. The city of Minneapolis has imposed a curfew starting at 7 p.m. ET tonight and extending through 6 a.m. Tuesday.
“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 fans, staff, players and community to not play today’s game,” the club said in a statement. “The decision was made by the Minnesota Twins after consultation with Major League Baseball, and local and state officials, will be released in the near future. The Minnesota Twins organization extends its sympathies to the family of Daunte Wright.”
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) April 12, 2021
The Minnesota NBA and NHL teams also have home games scheduled for tonight, but neither the respective Timberwolves nor the Wild has made an official move yet. ESPN NBA reporters Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews are reporting that the Timberwolves game against the Brooklyn Nets might be postponed:
ESPN reporting with @wojespn: In the aftermath of a police shooting that’s caused unrest in Minneapolis, conversations are ongoing about the possible postponement of the Nets-Timberwolves game tonight. The Twins-Red Sox game has been postponed. Decision expected this afternoon.
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) April 12, 2021
Tom Tapp contributed to this report.