The Minnesota Twins have postponed their home game Monday against the Boston Red Sox out of concern for the safety of fans and players in the wake of a fatal police shooting in a nearby Minneapolis suburb on Sunday.
The Twins released a statement shortly after the game was scheduled to start at 1:10 p.m. CT:
“Out of respect for the tragic events that occurred yesterday in Brooklyn Center, and following the additional details in this evolving situation, the Minnesota Twins have decided it is in the best interests of our fans, staff, players and community to not play today’s game,” the team said.
“The decision was made by the Minnesota Twins after consultation with Major League Baseball, and local and state officials. … The Minnesota Twins organization extends its sympathies to the family of Daunte Wright.”
Earlier Monday, police released the body camera footage from the officer who fatally shot Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, at a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, roughly eight miles away from Target Field.
Police responded to protests Sunday with riot gear as demonstrators gathered in the city, mourning Wright’s death.
The Twins and Red Sox were preparing for the game to be played before the team, MLB and state and local officials made the joint decision to postpone it.
“There’s a big part of this decision that is also rooted in safety. In consultation with law enforcement about unknowns about what could transpire within the broader community over the next several hours based on the news that has come out of Brooklyn Center this morning,” Twins general manager Derek Falvey said.
“Once you understand that information, I think for us, the decision becomes a lot easier. The only thing to do is always to err on the side of safety — for our players, for our staff, for our fans.”
There’s no immediate word on when the game will be made up, or the status of the rest of the four-game series against the Red Sox.
“First and foremost, our hearts go out to the family of the victim of the shooting,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said before the game. “I would say all of us, especially us in Minnesota right now, are tired of having these types of conversations. It’s a huge amount of disappointment and sadness to have to wake up to these types of things.”
The NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves also have a home game later tonight against the Brooklyn Nets that could also be postponed, although no official announcement has yet been made.
Wright’s death comes as Minneapolis was already on edge in the middle of the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who faces murder charges in the death of George Floyd last May.