OKC Thunder Announcer Suspended For Russell Westbrook "Cotton-Picking" Remark

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Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Legendary television and radio host Larry King weighed in on the controversy surrounding National Basketball Association commentator Brian Davis, and his statement made about Russell Westbrook being out of his "cotton-pickin' mind".

Fox Sports Oklahoma play-by-play guy Brian Davis said he accepted his one-game suspension for his "insensitive" comments.

The suspension might come as somewhat of a surprise since the Thunder's VP of broadcasting, Dan Mahoney, did not initially seem all that upset by the incident, saying it was "up to Brian" to make any public statements. Brian Davis, the team's play-by-play announcer referred to Russell Westbrook's hot hand with an indefensible remark: "Westbrook is out of his cotton-picking mind".

Davis made the comment midway through the second quarter after a Westbrook assist to Terrance Ferguson, stating Russ was "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.

"I offer my honest apology and realize that, while I committed a lapse in judgement, such mistakes come with consequences". "Brian assures me that it was not meant in any derogatory way, and he apologizes. This is an appropriate outcome for my actions".

It is unclear if Davis will address his comments in a future broadcast, but Mahoney said that decision is left up to him. "But again, we feel strongly that it's inappropriate and offensive".

Mahoney said Matt Pinto, the team's radio play-by-play announcer, will step in for the television broadcast, and the audio for television will be used for radio as a simulcast.

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