Thunder Name Out Announcer For Pronouncing Russell Westbrook Used to be "Out Of His Cotton-Pickin' Thoughts"

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Right through the second one quarter of final night time’s recreation towards the Grizzlies, Thunder play-by way of-play guy Brian Davis capped off a large Thunder play through mentioning that Russell Westbrook “out of his cotton-pickin’ thoughts.”

That’s a nasty and racist factor to mention for lovely obtrusive purposes, and Thunder VP of broadcasting Dan Mahoney advised the Norman Transcript’s Fred Katz that Davis’s comments have been out of line:

“We expect clearly using that time period used to be offensive and beside the point, and I expressed that to Brian ultimate night time,” Mahoney stated Thursday. “Brian assures me that it used to be now not intended in any derogatory method, and he apologizes. However once more, we really feel strongly that it’s beside the point and offensive.”

Davis has been a staff worker in view that they moved to Oklahoma Town 10 years in the past, and Mahoney stated that they wouldn’t drive him to ask for forgiveness or cope with his feedback on a long run broadcast. “That’s in point of fact as much as Brian,” he stated. “Once more, we’ve expressed to him strongly that it used to be offensive and beside the point, and that’s all we will be able to do for presently.”

[Norman Transcript]

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