Brian Davis, a play-by-play announcer for the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, has been suspended for saying Russell Westbrook was “out of his cotton pickin’ mind” during a game against the Memphis Grizzlies this week.
He’ll be forced to miss the first game of the Thunder playoff series against the Utah Jazz, which starts on Sunday, April 15.
Shortly after the remark was made, Twitter exploded and a Thunder spokesperson called the words “offensive and inappropriate.”
Davis released a statement as well and said he understands the punishment but meant no harm.
“It is with great remorse and humility that I accept this suspension for the insensitive words I used during Wednesday’s broadcast,” he wrote. “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.”
The announcer made the comment during the second quarter of the game, right before Westbrook became the first player to average a triple-double in multiple seasons. When all was said and done, he ended up with six points, 19 assists and 20 rebounds.
Besides the statement, Davis also apologized on Twitter and most said they accepted his apology.
During Wednesday’s Thunder broadcast, I used a phrase on the air that was ill-considered, insensitive and hurtful. I’m beyond sorry about it and apologize, without reservation, from the bottom of my heart.
— Brian Davis (@TrueBDokc) April 13, 2018