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

Steven Adams and'old mate Russell Westbrook will need to be at their best to get past the Jazz in the first round

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

Dan Mahoney, the Thunder's vice president of broadcasting and corporate communications, said the team considered the comment "inappropriate".

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.

Thunder radio announcer Matt Pinto will fill in for Davis during his one-game suspension.

While Westbrook was on his way to his 17th triple-double of the season, the UCLA product hit teammate Terrance Ferguson in the corner for an open three-pointer, which is when Davis made his ill-fated call.

The Fox Sports Oklahoma play-by-play man went on to describe Westbrook as being "out of his cotton-picking mind".

The term is viewed by many as offensive as picking cotton was a primary duty of black slaves in the South. Davis is white and Westbrook is black. "While unintentional, I understand and acknowledge the gravity of the situation", he said.

"I offer my honest apology and realize that, while I committed a lapse in judgement, such mistakes come with consequences". "Brian assures me 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'. "This is an appropriate effect for my actions".

Mahoney said it would be up to Davis whether or not to address the comment on a future broadcast. Its first playoff game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sunday in Oklahoma City against the Utah Jazz.

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