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 announcer used an old southern phrase that many have a problem with.
Westbrook put together another tremendous season in which he averaged a triple-double for the second consecutive season. After an assist in a game earlier this week, Davis said the Thunder’s star point guard was “out of his cotton-picking mind.”
Unsurprisingly, many people had a problem with a white man using “cotton-picking” to describe a black basketball player.
Davis has now been suspended.
Thunder will suspend TV play-by-play announcer Brian Davis for Game 1 of Western Conference first round. Thunder radio play-by-play announcer Matt Pinto will take Davis’ place on FS Oklahoma broadcast, will be simulcast on radio.
— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) April 13, 2018
Davis released a statement shortly after the suspension was levied.
“It is with great remorse and humility that I accept this suspension for the insensitive words I used during Wednesday’s broadcast. While unintentional, I understand and acknowledge the gravity of the situation. I offer my sincere apology and realize that, while I committed a lapse in judgement, such mistakes come with consequences. This is an appropriate consequence for my actions.”
You can see video of the incident here. Oklahoma City opens its playoffs against the Utah Jazz on Sunday night.