Professional baseball, basketball and hockey games in Minnesota were postponed to Monday in response to tension and unrest after a police officer was shot and killed during a traffic stop north of Minneapolis.
The Minnesota Twins postponed their afternoon game with the Boston Red Sox and were quick to shut down a game against the Nets by the NBA’s Minnesota Timberweats and the NHL’s Minnesota Wild to postpone the match against the St. Louis Blues Was followed
With area on edge Test of derek chowinPolice officers facing murder charges in the death of George Floyd, continuing in Minneapolis, said the Twins said it would not be fair to play. Police in Brooklyn Center, Mein, where the latest shooting took place on Sunday, said the victim, 20-year-old Dantin Wright, was accidentally shot by an officer who was intended to use Taser.
“A lot has been done through our community, and we have a test taking place blocks away from Target Field,” Twins team president Dave St. Peter said in a video news conference with reporters. “Feelings in our community, feelings in our organization are raw.”
He said that baseball now seemed “a little less important”, and that the Twins prioritized safety and compassion to determine the game.
“Make no mistake, part of the decision here today is out of respect for the Wright family, but a large part of the decision lies in consultation with law enforcement about safety and about unknown people, what will happen , Or what can do. Based on the news that came out of the Brooklyn Center this morning, the wider community over the next several hours, ”St. Peter said.
“Once you understand that information, it becomes very easy for us to decide. The right thing to do is always on the side of safety, for our players, for our players, for our players. “
Outside of Minnesota, Aaron Hicks, who previously played for the twins, asked to sit out of Monday’s game between the Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays. Another Yankees player, Giancarlo Stanton, was also considering sitting outside.
“I’d say Aaron is hurting in a huge way,” manager Aaron Boone told reporters. “I think it kind of felt like that was probably the thing responsible for getting himself out there and knowing that it’s mentally difficult for him to go out there for a high-stakes, hard job and perform ? new York Yankees.”
In a statement, the NBA said that the decision to postpone Monday night’s game was made after consultation with the Timberwells organization as well as local and state officials.
Last spring, after Floyd was assassinated, many NBA and WNBA players became Active participant in protests across the country.
Last August, when the NBA resumed its season at the Walt Disney World Campus near Orlando, Fl., Some NBA players stepped up their performances when Jacob Blake was shot in Kinosa, 29 years after that. Kay Blake was partially paralyzed. He was shot several times in the back by police while trying to enter his vehicle.
Before a playoff game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic, George Hill, a guard for the Bucks, convinced the rest of his teammates Sit out game. This created a cascade effect: other games on tap were postponed that night, as well as in other leagues, such as women’s basketball, baseball, and football. Black tennis star Naomi Osaka threatened to leave the Western and Southern Open, prompting officials to delay the tournament by a day.
Two days later, the NBA and its players union Announced an agreement This would turn some team arenas into polling places and prevent player-inspired work. Some of the league’s top players, including LeBron James and Chris Paul, advised him to pursue a path with former President Barack Obama.
Discussing the postponement of the twins on Monday, manager Rocco Baldelli said some players were shaken by the incident at the Brookall Center.
Baldelli said, “We have some people I classify as sentimental”
The Twins and Red Sox were scheduled to play four games through Thursday, and this is Boston’s only scheduled trip to Minnesota this season. The team plays a series in Boston in late August, but St. Peter said the twins have not considered moving the series to Fenway Park.
The NBA announcement did not say when the Timberweats and Nets would make up the lost game. The Wild’s game against the Blues has been rescheduled to May 12.