The NBA is planning for postponements that may potentially occur after the verdict in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin is announced.
On Monday (April 19), closing arguments were made in the weeks-long trial that has seen Chauvin’s defense team argue against prosecutors’ claims that the former officer was responsible for George Floyd’s death. The statements will be followed by a deliberation from the jury, who will determine whether Chauvin is guilty of his charges of second-and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Depending on the verdict, protests and civil unrest are likely to ensue.
According to ESPN, the basketball organization is aware of this kind of anarchy and is taking measures to ensure that their players, fans, and staff remain safe.
For that reason, they’ve instructed their players to prepare for cancellations and possible alterations to their current schedules.
The announcement comes days after the Minnesota Timberwolves were forced to postpone their game against the Brooklyn Nets following the police-involved killing of Daunte Wright and the ensuing unrest.
“The National Basketball Association announced today that in light of the tragic events in the Minneapolis area yesterday, tonight’s game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center has been postponed,” the NBA said at the time. “The decision to postpone was made by the NBA after consultation with the Timberwolves organization and local and state officials. Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Daunte Wright during this difficult time.”
Within the last year, the NBA has stepped up their efforts to advance social justice. In the wake of Jacob Blake’s horrific shooting, which occurred months after Breonna Taylor and George Floyd were fatally shot by police, the association sparked protests across the sports world, later announcing detailed initiatives of their plans to fight against racial discrimination and police brutality.