Even if it wasn’t intentional or malicious, Oklahoma City Thunder announcer Brian Davis will face a one-game suspension — served during OKC’s first-round playoff matchup against the Utah Jazz — after making racist comments towards Russell Westbrook during the Thunder’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies this week.
The Thunder’s radio play-by-play man Matt Pinto will replace Davis for Game 1.
Thunder play-by-play announcer Brian Davis has been suspended for Game 1 of the Thunder/Jazz series for comments he made during the final game of the regular season. Usual radio play-by-play announcer Matt Pinto will call the game for FOX Sports Oklahoma next to Michael Cage.
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) April 13, 2018
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.” The term is apparently popular slang in the southern US, and is used to replace more vulgar words in a sentence. Regardless, the term does have racist connotations, which is why Davis offered an apology over Twitter.
Statement from Thunder play by play announcer Brian Davis. pic.twitter.com/NHIuxT3dHp
— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) April 13, 2018
Davis will return for the Thunder’s Game 2 matchup against the Jazz next Wednesday.