Oklahoma City Thunder Announcer Suspended For " Cotton-Picking" Comment Towards Russell Westbrook

Steven Adams and'old mate Russell Westbrook will need to be at their best to get past the Jazz in the first round

Steven Adams and'old mate Russell Westbrook will need to be at their best to get past the Jazz in the first round

In a statement to ESPN, Davis apologized for using the phrase, acknowledging its deep racial history.

Brian Davis, the announcer for the Oklahoma City Thunder since 2008, has been suspended for one game due to his racially-tinged remarks during Wednesday night's game. Thunder radio play-by-play announcer Matt Pinto will take Davis' place on FS Oklahoma broadcast, will be simulcast on radio.

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Dan Mahoney, OKC's vice president of broadcasting, told The Norman Transcript that he was promised by Davis that he did not mean it in a derogatory way, but that the term was "offensive and inappropriate". "Brian assures me that it was not meant in any derogatory way, and he apologizes".

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Thunder television play-by-play man Brian Davis has been suspended for Game 1 of the playoff series against Utah on Sunday for a comment he made about star Russell Westbrook during Oklahoma City's regular-season finale against Memphis. "'Cotton-picking mind' was probably an adjective, he got a triple-double again...Russell Westbrook is an incredible player, and I would take it as a compliment".

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Mahoney said it would be up to Davis whether or not to address the comment on a future broadcast. 'Again, we've expressed to him strongly that it was offensive and inappropriate, and that's all we can do for right now'. Management recognized the commentary was vile, and even though it likely wasn't his intention to be as much, they spoke to the announcer to express their displeasure with him using the term.

Still, more can be done.

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Davis, who is white, is in his 10th season as the Thunder's play-by-play broadcaster.

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