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

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"It is with great remorse and humility that I accept this suspension for the insensitive words I used during Wednesday's broadcast", Davis said in a statement.

The Oklahoma City Thunder suspended television play-by-play announcer Brian Davis for Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs for an on-air comment he made during the team's regular-season finale on Wednesday.


That created just a ton of controversy on Twitter, as that particular phrase has spurred debate forever about if it's a racial insult given the history of slavery and cotton farming in the US, a general shot at farmhands regardless of color, or a folksy tie to Bugs Bunny and more. Westbrook had collected five rebounds and another assist in a two-and-a-half minute span after coming off the bench prior to the play, and for the game, he had already tallied nine rebounds, eight assists and two steals in about 12 minutes of action.

After hitting the nothing-but-net shot, Davis, perhaps wanting to convey how hard a shot that was to make, spoke a racist colloquialism more common during the antebellum through the Jim Crow eras of American history.

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The phrase 'cotton-picking, ' usually used to provide emphasis, carries negative connotations related to black slavery in the United States. "Westbrook is out of his cotton-picking mind!" Davis apologized in a statement.

"We think obviously the use of that term is offensive and inappropriate, and I expressed that to Brian [Wednesday] night", Mahoney told Katz. Management recognized the commentary was vile, and even though it likely wasn't his intention to be as much, they spoke to the announcer to express their displeasure with him using the term.

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