“Travis Scott Day” was cancelled in light of the recent Astroworld Festival tragedy. Gretchen Sheirr, the Houston Rockets president of business operations, unveiled the news ahead of Wednesday night’s (Nov. 10) game against the Detroit Pistons.
“After what was a horrific tragedy last week, we felt it would have been insensitive and not the right time for us to move forward,” Sheirr told the Houston Chronicle. Instead, the promotion, which was intended to honor the “Sicko Mode” emcee, was replaced with a moment of silence for victims who attended the fatal event.
According to multiple news outlets, the Rockets planned on celebrating Scott via the distribution of 3,000 limited edition themed shirts to audience members before their Pistons matchup, but their intentions changed after nine lives were lost in the calamitous crowd surge that took place at Scott’s Houston-based festival on Friday (Nov. 5).
In a statement issued after the tragic event, Rockets head coach Stephen Silas revealed that a volleyball tournament prevented his teenage daughters from attending the event. Players Kenyon Martin Jr. and Jalen Green believe they would have gone to the concert if they weren’t traveling.
“It was tough to hear. I know Travis is a big part of Houston, and with sports, he reps our team and our city,” Martin Jr. said in a statement. “It’s just tough to hear about an event like that. He is trying to give back to our city, and he has a tragic event like that. I just send my condolences to the family and things like that.”
In the wake of the Astroworld Fest, Houston native Megan Thee Stallion shared her desire to help those affected by the recent tragedy. “Houston is my hometown. It has a special place in my heart. I feel terrible. Whatever we can do, I want to help,” she said. ”I want to support. Always. That’s my duty. That’s what I gotta do. And we’re just sending prayers, and we’re sending condolences. And we’re sending positive energy to everybody and their family.”