Thunder call play-by-play man's 'cotton-choosing' comment 'offensive'

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The Thunder referred to as a comment on the staff’s broadcast by play-by-play man Brian Davis “offensive” and “innapropriate.”

After Russell Westbrook tallied a steal within the Thunder’s matchup with the Grizzlies Wednesday, Davis stated the Oklahoma Metropolis guard was “out of his cotton pickin’ thoughts.” The comment was seen as racially insensitive.

The Thunder made an official assertion Thursday.

“We expect clearly using that time period was offensive and inappropriate, and I expressed that to Brian final night time,” Thunder vice chairman of broadcasting Dan Mahoney advised the Norman Transcript. “Brian assures me that it was not meant in any derogatory approach, and he apologizes. However once more, we really feel strongly that it’s inappropriate and offensive.”

The group wouldn’t announce whether or not Davis, who’s employed by the staff, would make an apology.

“That’s actually as much as Brian,” Mahoney stated. “Once more, we’ve expressed to him strongly that it was offensive and inappropriate, and that’s all we will do for proper now.”