Thunder Announcer Suspended After Controversial Comment About Russell Westbrook

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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.

Usual radio play-by-play man Matt Pinto will call the Thunder's first game of the Western Conference playoffs Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET against the Jazz on FOX Sports Oklahoma.

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".

Davis will be suspended for one game, after making a questionable on-air remark about point guard Russell Westbrook during the team's season finale against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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. "What he said wasn't OK", Westbrook said, according to the Oklahoman's Erik Horne.

"Cotton-picking" is a phrase that refers to black slaves or sharecroppers in the South, and was typically used as a negative connotation to express contempt for those individuals.

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Davis released a statement shortly after the suspension was levied.

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.

"We think obviously the use of that term was offensive and inappropriate, and I expressed that to Brian last night", Mahoney said Thursday.

Brian Davis managed to offer both an apology and a plea of innocence within the same breath.

But the Thunder's response to the statement is commendable.

From current to former teammates and beyond, many took to social media to congratulate him on the unprecedented accomplishment.

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