NBA announcer suspended for 'cotton-picking' comment during basketball game

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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. With AP Photos.Thunder television play-by-play man Brian Davis has been suspended for Game 1 of the playoff series against the Utah Jazz for a racially insensitive comment he made during Oklahoma City's game against Memphis.

In the second quarter of Oklahoma City's 137-123 win over the Grizzlies Wednesday, Davis used the phrase after Westbrook assisted a Terrence Ferguson three-pointer that pushed the team's lead to 15 points.

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A basketball announcer caught many viewers off guard this week when he used a derogatory and historically racist term to describe the shooting style of an NBA point guard on Wednesday evening.

"That's really up to Brian", he said. "Westbrook is out of his cotton-picking mind!"

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Mahoney told The Norman Transcript he was unsure whether Davis would apologize for the comment the next time he was behind the mic. "While unintentional, I understand and acknowledge the gravity of the situation".

"Again, we've expressed to him strongly that it was offensive and inappropriate, and that's all we can do for right now", Mahoney said on Thursday. I offer my honest apology and realize that, while I committed a lapse in judgment, such mistakes come with consequences. "This is an appropriate effect for my actions", Davis concluded.

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Mahoney added that he wasn't sure if Davis, who is a full-time employee of the team, would apologize for his comments in a future broadcast.

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