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Timberwolves, Lynx, Nets, Bucks, Heat team up for auction to support Daunte Wright’s family

Timberwolves, Lynx, Nets, Bucks, Heat, Daunte Wright

Multiple professional basketball organizations are joining forces to host an auction for the family of Daunte Wright. The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Friday they were partnering with the Minnesota Lynx, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, and Brooklyn Nets in auctioning off “signed, player-issued shirts.”

Proceeds from the sale will benefit The Daunte Wright Memorial Fund.

Fans will be afforded the chance to bid on the “With Liberty and Justice For ALL” warm-up shirts worn by all teams partaking in games at the Target Center this week in Minneapolis, as a response to the tragic death of Daunte Wright. The auction is currently open and will wrap up following the final buzzer of Friday night’s Timberwolves-Heat game.

Daunte Wright was shot and killed following a traffic stop on Sunday in Brooklyn Center, a suburb of Minneapolis.

The officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, Kim Potter, resigned from the BCPD. She was arrested on Wednesday morning and later charged with second-degree manslaughter. Potter made her first court appearance Thursday over Zoom, with police officials previously saying she mistook her handgun for a taser, per NPR:

Police officials have said Kim Potter, a 48-year-old white woman, mistook her handgun for her Taser when she fatally shot Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, on Sunday. In body camera footage, Potter can be heard yelling “Taser!” just before shooting him.

Protestors have gathered outside the Brooklyn Center police department headquarters every night of the week following Daunte Wright’s death.

Wright’s mother, Katie, said he spoke with her just prior to being shot. He also leaves behind a son, Daunte Wright Jr.

The GoFundMe page for the Fund explains all proceeds will go directly to the family. The Timberwolves, Lynx, Heat and Nets are offering opportunities to contribute.