Sport Nets, Timberwolves players make statement in response to police shooting of Daunte Wright
Calls Mount For Daunte Wright Bodycam Footage to Be Released
The police shooting of Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, has set off protests in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center.Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, died after officers pulled him over for a traffic violation in Brooklyn Center, a suburb of Minneapolis, on Sunday afternoon.
Players on the Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves paid their respects to Daunte Wright after he was killed by police.
Folks across the United States continue to be rocked by the tragic death of Daunte Wright, as the young man was killed by police in Minnesota. This news most definitely broke plenty of hearts in the NBA too, as Monday's showdown between theand was postponed.
Well, the two sides are facing off on Tuesday. Leading up to the action, players on both teams were seen rocking shirts that read "with liberty and justice for all," clearly showing support to Wright and his family.
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Twenty-year-old Wright died after he was shot by an officer during a traffic stop in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center. The incident has sparked severe unrest late into Sunday night amid heightened tensions in the city as the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer charged in the death of George Floyd continues.Daunte Wright's mother, Katie Wright, spoke to reporters on Sunday afternoon and said that her son called her when police had pulled him over for having air fresheners dangling from his rear-view mirror.
Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves players are uniting to show support for Daunte Wright
Kevin Durant was among the stars to don the shirt, as you can see in the photo above. This isn't the first time players in the NBA have stepped up to voice their displeasure with police shootings and brutality, as contests have previously been postponed and rescheduled as well.
The hardwood standouts of course aren't the only ones furious with the news, as protests have been ignited in Minnesota after police cam footage surfaced of the incident that ultimately took Wright's life.
Those protests aren't expected to stop anytime soon, with more taking place on Tuesday. As for the action on the court, the Nets entered Tuesday's showdown with a 36-17 record, while 2020-21 has been a season to forget for Minnesota. The Timberwolves are 14-40 on the year and have been hit with multiple injury issues.
Brooklyn figures to roll to a big win here. However, regardless of the result, Durant and the other guys making plays in this one wanted to make it clear they're standing with Wright. That message has certainly been received.
What we know about the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright .
Here's what we know about the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright by a Brooklyn Center police officer. Kim Potter, 48, meant to deploy her Taser instead of her gun when she fatally shot Wright in his car, according to then-Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon. Two days after the incident, both she and Gannon resigned, and Potter has since been charged with second-degree manslaughter.