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 a nearby suburb.
NBA coaches including Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich spoke about the situation in Minnesota.
“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.”
Doc Rivers was asked a question about the shooting of Daunte Wright, he said, “we’re canceling Black lives.”
About an hour before the scheduled first pitch of the Minnesota Twins game on Monday, the police chief in Brooklyn Center — a city adjacent to Minneapolis where violent protests took place the night before — announced that the shooting was an “accidental discharge,” with the officer involved firing her handgun instead of a stun gun.
President Joe Biden says it ‘remains to be determined’ whether the fatal Daunte Wright shooting was accident. The president went on to say there was “absolutely no justification” for looting but that peaceful protest was “understandable.”