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Timberwolves follow in Twins’ footsteps by postponing game vs. Nets after Daunte Wright shooting

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The Minnesota Twins postponed Monday’s game against the Boston Red Sox following the death of Daunte Wright in Broooklyn Center (right outside of Minneapolis). The Timberwolves will be following suit.

Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews reported Minnesota is postponing Monday’s matchup with the Brooklyn Nets.

A police officer shot Wright during a roadside traffic stop in the Minneapolis suburb on Sunday.

Police later released the body camera footage from the shooting, in which the officer who shot Wright appeared to signal her intent to use a taser (via CBS News):

During a press conference, police released bodycam video of the shooting. In the video, the officer who shot Wright shouted “Taser” multiple times before firing her gun at Wright at close range while Wright was in the driver’s seat.

“I just shot him,” the officer said as the car drove away.

News of the shooting prompted unrest in Minneapolis early Sunday evening, with protestors gathering at the site of the crash and later heading to Brooklyn Center police headquarters. Law enforcement used “flashbangs and tear gas to try to disperse the crowd,” per CBS News.

In light of it all, the Twins have postponed their game Monday and the Timberwolves followed suit right behind them.

The latest police shooting comes in the midst of the ongoing murder trial for former police officer Derek Chauvin, charged with the murder of George Floyd last year. The Minnesota National Guard announced earlier Monday it was deploying an additional group to join the 500 members already “activated” in Minneapolis.

The Twins-Red Sox game was postponed in part due to “safety reasons” given the current situation in Minneapolis. It seems the Timberwolves had similar thoughts in postponing their game as well against the Brooklyn Nets.

With both teams slated for home games and the Twins acting quickly on Monday afternoon, the Timberwolves decision comes as no surprise.