MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In the raw aftermath of another killing of a Black man by police in Minnesota, there was no place for pro sports in the Twin Cities on Monday.
The Minnesota Twins, Wild and Timberwolves all postponed their games a day after the shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright following a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, a nearby suburb.
NBA coaches including Doc Rivers of the Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich spoke in some depth about the situation.
“It just makes you sick to your stomach,” Popovich said. “How many times does it have to happen? As sick to our stomachs as we might feel, that individual is dead! He’s dead! And his family is grieving, and his friends are grieving. And we just keep moving on as if nothing is happening.”
Rivers, who’d spoken in impassioned terms last summer in the wake of the police shooting in Kenosha, Wis., of Jacob Blake, said of the Wright shooting that “we’re canceling Black lives.”
About an hour before the scheduled first pitch of the Minnesota Twins game against the Boston Red Sox on Monday, the police chief in Brooklyn Center, where protests have taken place for two nights, announced that the shooting was an “accidental discharge,” with the officer involved firing her handgun when she had meant to deploy a stun gun.
President Joe Biden said it remained to be determined whether the fatal Wright shooting was in fact accident. The president went on to say that, while there is “absolutely no justification” for looting, peaceful protest is “understandable.”