FILE PHOTO: Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin tells the judge that he waived his right to testify to the jury, next to his defense attorney Eric Nelson on the fourteenth day of Chauvin's trial for second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd with his defense attorney Eric Nelson in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. April 15, 2021 in a still image from video.  Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

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Report: NBA bracing for impact of Derek Chauvin verdict

By Reuters | Posted - Apr. 18, 2021 at 11:04 a.m.


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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Reuters) — The NBA has told teams league-wide to prepare for the potential impact of a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis, according to ESPN.

The trial heads into final arguments on Monday.

Chauvin faces charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd last May.

Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was seen on video kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes after responding to a call about a counterfeit bill.

Floyd's death sparked protests across the country throughout last summer. The shooting death last week of another Black man, Daunte Wright, during a traffic stop in nearby Brooklyn Center has sparked renewed unrest as the trial has unfolded.

The NBA is preparing for the prospect of halting playing temporarily, based on the reaction to the verdict from the general public and teams alike. During the playoff bubble last season, play was halted for three days after another Black man, Jacob Blake, was shot by police in Kenosha, Wis.

The league postponed a game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets after Wright's death. That game and another against the Milwaukee Bucks were eventually played in the afternoon as a precaution.

The Timberwolves began a four-game, seven-day West Coast swing on Sunday.

--Field Level Media

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