Timberwolves, Nets players call for 'justice for all' after police shooting of Daunte Wright

Jason Owens
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A day after the fatal police shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright prompted the postponement of their game, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets tipped off Tuesday afternoon.

Players from both teams warmed up in shirts reading "With liberty and justice for all" with "for all" underlined and in larger font. 

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Prior to tip, the Timberwolves held a moment of silence in Wright's honor.

"On Sunday, the Minnesota Timberwolves were heartbroken by the killing of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center," Minnesota's public address announcer said prior to the moment of silence. "We extend our thoughts and heartfelt sympathies to Daunte's family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time."

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Echoes of NBA bubble protests

The game tipped off in Minneapolis with the city in the grips of the aftermath of Wright's killing in the suburb of Brooklyn Center alongside the ongoing murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derrick Chauvin for George Floyd's death. The killing of Floyd while in police custody last summer prompted a racial reckoning that swept across the nation and drew continued calls from NBA players for racial justice and police reform. 

Tuesday's scene at Target Center recalled the protests of last summer's NBA bubble that saw players and coaches don "Black Lives Matters" shirts before games and a player walkout in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The latest on Daunte Wright's shooting death

Wright was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Sunday by Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon released bodycam footage of the killing on Monday while describing the shooting as "an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright." 

Gannon said that Potter intended to use her Taser on Wright but accidentally fired her gun instead.

Wright was pulled over for an expired registration and and having an object hanging from his rearview mirror, which is illegal in Minnesota. The situation escalated when police discovered that Wright had outstanding warrants. When Wright tried to get back into his car, Potter shot him. 

Protestors have since taken to the streets in Minneapolis. Potter and Gannon both resigned on Wednesday. No charges have been filed against Potter in Wright's death. 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 13: Jordan McLaughlin #6, Ricky Rubio #9, and Jake Layman #10 of the Minnesota Timberwolves wear shirts supporting social justice during the national anthem before the start of a game against the Brooklyn Nets at Target Center on April 13, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Protests continue across the U.S. after 20-year-old Daunte Wright was recently killed by a Brooklyn Center, Minnesota police officer during a traffic stop. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
Timberwolves players wear shirts supporting social justice during the national anthem before Tuesday's game against the Nets. (David Berding/Getty Images)

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