Thunder suspends play-by-play man for 'offensive' remark during Wednesday's game

Apr 16, 2018, 04:45
Thunder suspends play-by-play man for 'offensive' remark during Wednesday's game

Following that game, the OKC Thunder would release a statement condemning his racially insensitive language, and Davis would up apologizing.

Thunder will suspend TV play-by-play announcer Brian Davis for Game 1 of Western Conference first round.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George scored 36 points and made 8 three-pointers in Sunday's 116-108 win over the Utah Jazz.

The announcer who made the questionable "Cotton-Picking" call during Wednesday's season finale between the Memphis Grizzlies & Oklahoma City Thunder did not escape without punishment.

In the game, Davis said Russell Westbrook was "out of his cotton-pickin' mind" after he picked up a steal in the second quarter.

"We find the term used by Brian Davis on our broadcast last night to be highly inappropriate and offensive".

In a statement to ESPN, Davis said he accepted the suspension and apologized for using the phrase, which he said was not intentionally derogatory but drew criticism on social media for its racial undertones.

"While unintentional, I understand and acknowledge the gravity of the situation".

Also during Wednesday's game, Westbrook became the first player in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double in multiple seasons.

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.

"I offer my honest apology and realize that, while I committed a lapse in judgement, such mistakes come with consequences. This is an appropriate outcome for my actions", Davis concluded. "But again, we feel strongly that it's inappropriate and offensive". Davis is white and Westbrook is black.