Thunder suspend play-by-play man one game for Westbrook comment

(Reuters) 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.

The team announced the suspension yesterday.

During the Thunder’s game against Memphis on Wednesday, Davis said point guard Russell Westbrook was “out of his cotton-pickin’ mind” after Westbrook tallied an assist en route to averaging a triple-double for the second consecutive season.

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.

Upon learning of the suspension, Davis provided ESPN with the following statement:  “It is with great remorse and humility that I accept this suspension for the insensitive words I used during Wednesday’s broadcast. While unintentional, I understand and acknowledge the gravity of the situation. I offer my sincere apology and realize that, while I committed a lapse in judgment, such mistakes come with consequences. This is an appropriate consequence for my actions.”

The Thunder open the playoffs at home against the Utah Jazz tomorrow afternoon.

Around the Web