Oklahoma City Thunder slam broadcaster for 'cotton-picking' comment

Oklahoma City Thunder slam broadcaster for 'cotton-picking' comment

Oklahoma City Thunder slam broadcaster for 'cotton-picking' comment

Earlier this week, Oklahoma City Thunder play-by-play announcer Brian Davis came under fire for using a controversial phrase while discussing Russell Westbrook's play in a game.

The Thunder believe team play-by-play announcer Brian Davis' racially insensitive remarks during Wednesday's game against Memphis were "offensive and inappropriate", Thunder Vice President of Broadcasting Dan Mahoney told The Transcript.

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. "Brian assures me it was not meant in any derogatory way, and he apologizes".

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The expression "out of his cotton-picking mind" is generally another way to say "crazy" or "unbelievable".

Cotton picking was the primary responsibility for black slaves in the South, so the term can be offensive when used by a white person to describe a black person.

Announcer Brian Davis used a derogatory and racist term to describe a hard shot made by Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook. "But again, we feel strongly that it's inappropriate and offensive".

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In a statement to ESPN, Davis apologized for the comment, explaining he has been suspended for one game. "While unintentional, I understand and acknowledge the gravity of the situation", he said. "I offer my honest apology". "This is an appropriate effect for my actions".

Davis, who is a full-time employee of the team, will be on the local television broadcast for Oklahoma City's playoff opener Sunday when the team hosts the Jazz.

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