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

Thunder Call Broadcaster’s Remarks On Russell Westbrook ‘Offensive and Inappropriate

Davis made the comment midway through the second quarter after a Westbrook assist to Terrance Ferguson, stating Russ was "out of his cotton-picking mind".

A sports announcer for the Oklahoma City Thunder was temporarily suspended after making a racially insensitive comment during Wednesday's game.

Upon learning of the suspension, Davis provided ESPN with the following statement: "It is with great remorse and humility that I accept this suspension for the insensitive words I used during Wednesday's broadcast".

After hitting the nothing-but-net shot, Davis, perhaps wanting to convey how hard a shot that was to make, spoke a racist colloquialism more common during the antebellum through the Jim Crow eras of American history.

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The OKC Thunder commentator who said Russell Westbrook was "out of his cotton-picking mind" is being punished for his bad choice of words. the team just announced. Davis apologized in a statement.

'We think obviously the use of that term was offensive and inappropriate, and I expressed that to Brian last night, ' team vice president of broadcasting Dan Mahoney told The Norman Transcript on Thursday. "Brian assures me it was not meant in any derogatory way, and he apologizes. But again, we feel strongly that it's inappropriate and offensive". Regardless, the term does have racist connotations, which is why Davis offered an apology over Twitter.

Still, more can be done.

Mahoney said Matt Pinto, the team's radio play-by-play announcer, will step in for the television broadcast, and the audio for television will be used for radio as a simulcast.

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