NBA, MLB and NHL stop for social protests in Minneapolis after another episode of police brutality against an African American. MLB was the first to stop. Then the NBA and the NHL games, was postponed. Protests came after the killing of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old African American who was stopped by police on Sunday for a roadside check in Brooklyn Center, north of Minneapolis.
Wright was stopped because the vehicle he was traveling in had a license plate expired. As confirmed by the videos of the agents' body-cams, an officer would have screamed the word taser, but instead of drawing the electric gun he would have mistakenly pulled out the service pistol and fired a shot at Wright, mortally wounding him.
Brooklyn Center Police Chief said: "From what you see in the video, from the agent's reaction after the incident, Wright's death happened accidentally." The video that shocked the world in 2020 is repeated over and over during the trial, bringing back feelings and unrest in a city and in a deeply divided area from the racial point of view, which Wright's death has brought to the surface.
After Floyd's death, many NBA players had joined the protests in American cities in the name of Black Lives Matter: league and players union had embraced the message during the resumption of the season in the Orlando bubble, with the slogan symbolizing the movement of protest written in large letters for three months on the playing field.
Laryngeal fractures in ice hockey players
An interesting article entitled: Laryngeal fractures in professional and semiprofessional ice hockey players, published on the Laryngoscope investigative otolaryngology, explains the relationship between these particular fractures and athletes who practice ice hockey, of which we can read an abstrac below: "Objective: Injuries in professional ice hockey players are common, however significant laryngeal trauma is rare.
Here, we present a case series of professional and semiprofessional ice hockey players to demonstrate the mechanism and nature of laryngeal injuries they sustain during play, and to recommend best practices for treatment, prevention, and return to the ice.
Methods: A retrospective case review was done of hockey-related laryngeal injuries between 2016 and 2019 at a tertiary laryngology practice. Only semiprofessional and professional hockey players were included. Results: In total, four cases were included.
All cases involved trauma from a hockey puck to the neck. No cases were the result of punching, fighting, high sticks or routine checking. Notably, 1 of 4 presented with severe airway compromise, requiring urgent intubation, whereas most presented with pain or a significant voice complaint.
Two patients required operative intervention with open reduction and internal fixation of significantly displaced fractures. One patient experienced significant mucosal disruption with cartilaginous exposure at the posterior vocal complex requiring microflap.
The average return to ice was 6 weeks for those who required operative intervention and 4 weeks for those who were managed conservatively. One patient had persistent mild dysphonia and all others had a return to baseline phonation.
None were wearing neck guards or other protective equipment at the time of injury. Conclusion: Though voice and airway injuries are rarely sustained by ice hockey players, they may require urgent intervention. We recommend that protective equipment be worn and improved to prevent laryngeal trauma."