OKC Thunder suspend play-by-play announcer Brian Davis after questionable remark

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook goes to the basket in front of Memphis Grizzlies guard Mario Chalmers, forward Dillon Brooks and guard Ben Mc Lemore in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City Wednesday

Announcer Brian Davis used a derogatory and racist term to describe a hard shot made by Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook.

With AP Photos.Thunder television play-by-play man Brian Davis has been suspended for Game 1 of the playoff series against the Utah Jazz for a racially insensitive comment he made during Oklahoma City's game against Memphis.

Davis made the comments during the second quarter of the Thunder's season-closing win over the Grizzlies, when he referred to Russell Westbrook as "out of his cotton pickin' mind".

The Oklahoma City Thunder slammed a broadcaster Thursday for using the "offensive" term "cotton-picking" to describe star player Russell Westbrook's play in the team's regular season finale.

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The phrase "cotton-picking" is sometimes used in the context of being hard or a nuisance. Instead, in a statement made to the Norman Transcript, he expressed that, while he felt Davis didn't mean to use the term in a pejorative way, it was nevertheless wrong. "Brian assures me that it was not meant in any derogatory way, and he apologizes". 'Again, we've expressed to him strongly that it was offensive and inappropriate, and that's all we can do for right now'. "What he said wasn't OK", Westbrook said, according to the Oklahoman's Erik Horne.

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

The Thunder have even issued a statement condemning the comments yesterday, and Davis was suspended by Fox Sports on Friday. The apology was forthcoming, and appropriate. Many took to social media to complain about Davis' choice of words.

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