Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

OKC Thunder suspend play-by-play announcer Brian Davis after questionable remark

OKC Thunder suspend play-by-play announcer Brian Davis after questionable remark

"Brian assures me it was not meant in any derogatory way, and he apologizes".

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. But again, we feel strongly that it's inappropriate and offensive".

Earlier this week, Oklahoma City Thunder play-by-play announcer Brian Davis came under fire for using a controversial phrase while discussing Russell Westbrook's play in a game.

Davis used the term to describe Westbrook's play in the second quarter, while the superstar point guard was on his way to becoming the first National Basketball Association player to average a triple-double in two seasons.

Wednesday's game marked the end of the regular season with the team ultimately beating the Memphis Grizzlies 137-123. Charlamagne used Brian Davis' remarks as an excuse to give his white viewers a lesson in ascendancy.

Davis has had extensive experience calling games for the Seattle SuperSonics, the Thunder, as well as many Division I college games throughout his career.

Mahoney said it would be up to Davis whether or not to address the comment on a future broadcast.

'That's really up to Brian, ' Mahoney said.

"Again, we've expressed to him strongly that it was offensive and inappropriate, and that's all we can do for right now", Mahoney said. "'Westbrook is out of his cotton pickin" mind!'

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.

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