Brian Davis, the announcer for the Oklahoma City Thunder, has been suspended for one game after he made a comment during a game that some deemed racist. Many are pushing back against that notion, calling it an example of political correctness gone amok. Video of his comment is included below.
During a game on Wednesday, Davis said Thunder player Russell Westbrook, who was on a hot streak, was “out of his cotton-picking mind” with his shooting.
The team later suspended him and Davis had to apologize.
People in the South are used to the term, which usually means someone is acting strange because they have been in the sun too long, a common situation for cotton pickers. Others, however, liken the term to slavery.
The OKC Thunder commentator who said Russell Westbrook was “out of his cotton-picking mind” is being punished for his terrible choice of words … the team just announced.
Brian Davis, the play-by-play guy for Fox Sports Oklahoma, has been suspended for Game 1 of the Thunder-Jazz playoff series … after making the racially insensitive call in OKC’s regular-season finale.
Davis maintains he didn’t mean to offend anyone — but says he’s cool with the suspension ’cause it was a pretty stupid thing to say.
“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 judgement, such mistakes come with consequences. This is an appropriate consequence for my actions.”
Here is video of his comment.
Larry King even weighed in, as he was asked by TMZ about the comments. He found the situation absurd.