Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

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

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

On Friday, the Thunder announced that Davis would be suspended from his broadcasting job on Fox Sports Oklahoma for the team's Game 1 playoff matchup against the Utah Jazz.

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. Now, Westbrook, as well as teammate Paul George, have responded to the comment.

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Davis will be suspended for one game, after making a questionable on-air remark about point guard Russell Westbrook during the team's season finale against the Memphis Grizzlies. He assures us it was not meant in any sort of offensive or derogatory manner and he apologizes.

"I offer my honest apology and realize that, while I committed a lapse in judgement, such mistakes come with consequences".

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Also during Wednesday's game, Westbrook became the first player in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double in multiple seasons. Viewers were subjected to those words, and it was insensitive for him to believe they were deserving to be said, to describe the athletic abilities of a black player, no less. "What he said wasn't OK", Westbrook said Saturday at Thunder practice. Obviously what he said wasn't OK, and we all understand that.

"But he definitely came in and talk [ed] to us. We just have to move on from it". He owned up. He took it head on. "We move on. We've got something bigger to focus on and be anxious about".

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The Thunder and Jazz will open their Western Conference quarterfinals series Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

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