Thunder suspend play-by-play man one game for Westbrook comment


The team announced the suspension on Friday.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have suspended play-by-play announcer Brian Davis for one game after he said guard Russell Westbrook was "out of his cotton-pickin' mind" during Wednesday night's broadcast.

"Brian has been here for a while".

Davis used the term to describe Westbrook's play in the second quarter, while the superstar point guard was on his way to becoming the first National Basketball Association player to average a triple-double in two seasons.

The Jazz are the team that no one wanted to face in the first round, especially after they rattled off 29 wins in their final 35 games. "We just have to move on from it". For the Jazz, the argument against them is that they're not going to be able to handle the pressure that comes with the playoff atmosphere, especially against a team led by last year's league MVP in Russell Westbrook. "That's not where our focus is right now". He took it head on. We move on. We got something bigger to focus on and be anxious about.

The Thunder said in a statement the phrase "out of his cotton-picking mind", used by play-by-play announcer Brian Davis, was "highly inappropriate and offensive", according to TMZ Sports. "But again, we feel strongly that it's inappropriate and offensive".

That created just a ton of controversy on Twitter, as that particular phrase has spurred debate forever about if it's a racial insult given the history of slavery and cotton farming in the US, a general shot at farmhands regardless of color, or a folksy tie to Bugs Bunny and more. "While unintentional, I understand and acknowledge the gravity of the situation", he said. "I offer my honest apology". "This is an appropriate outcome for my actions", Davis concluded.