Oklahoma City Thunder play-by-play announcer Brian Davis is under fire for using a phrase while discussing Russell Westbrook’s play tonight. The announcer used an old southern phrase that many have a problem with.
Westbrook is playing extremely well tonight. He’s filling up the stat sheet. After one assist, Davis said the Thunder’s star point guard was “out of his cotton-picking mind.”
Unsurprisingly, many people have a problem with a white man using “cotton-picking” to describe a black basketball player. The phrase, according to phrases.org, has been used as a “general term of disapproval, of something that is troublesome or a nuisance.”
Westbrook has been a big pain for the opposition tonight.
Here’s the video:
Did he just say “Westbrook is out of his cotton-picking mind”?….. pic.twitter.com/fvPZ5cTkjx
— Mark Robinson (@MarkyRobs) April 12, 2018
And here is some of the response:
— LenDale White (@thereal_lendale) April 12, 2018
Bro a commentator on a live NBA broadcast said Russell Westbrook is “out of his cotton picking mind”
— PassionTeaPapi (@DTrellzBeats) April 12, 2018
that man just said, on live television, "cotton-picking mind" I'm so appalled ???????
— Kobe (@KOBEDROPPED60) April 12, 2018
If you’re a white man in America, you should know better than to say “cotton picking” referring to anyone of us.
— ?? (@IbSkeeAlii) April 12, 2018
Heard my grandparents say "cotton-picking mind" a thousand times growing up. I just now realized what it meant. SMH
— My brackets are trash (@networkned) April 12, 2018
The Thunder are dominating the Grizzlies tonight. They’re up, 93-75, in the third quarter of tonight’s contest.
Davis does not appear to have addressed the “cotton-picking” comment as of yet. Stay tuned for more updates.