OKC Thunder Announcer Suspended For Russell Westbrook "Cotton-Picking" Remark

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

Davis will be suspended for one game, after making a questionable on-air remark about point guard Russell Westbrook during the team's season finale against the Memphis Grizzlies.

"We think obviously the use of that term was offensive and inappropriate, and I expressed that to Brian last night", Mahoney said Thursday. He assures us it was not meant in any sort of offensive or derogatory manner and he apologizes.

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.

Usual radio play-by-play man Matt Pinto will call the Thunder's first game of the Western Conference playoffs Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET against the Jazz on FOX Sports Oklahoma.

The phrase "cotton-picking" is sometimes used in the context of being hard or a nuisance. "But again, we feel strongly that it's inappropriate and offensive".

The team's vice president of broadcasting Dan Mahoney didn't defend Davis, who has been the on-air announcer for the Thunder since 2008.

Davis released a statement shortly after the suspension was levied.

Davis said Westbrook was "out of his cotton-pickin' mind". Regardless, the term does have racist connotations, which is why Davis offered an apology over Twitter. Viewers were subjected to those words, and it was insensitive for him to believe they were deserving to be said, to describe the athletic abilities of a black player, no less.

"We've discussed it with the announcer and let him know that".

Still, more can be done.

Following that game, the OKC Thunder would release a statement condemning his racially insensitive language, and Davis would up apologizing.

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