Thunder statement on play-by-play voice Brian Davis' in-game comments

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Matt Pinto, the team's radio voice, will fill in for Davis on the broadcast when the Thunder host the Utah Jazz in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series Sunday night, according to multiplemedia outlets.

Brian Davis, the announcer for the Oklahoma City Thunder since 2008, has been suspended for one game due to his racially-tinged remarks during Wednesday night's game.

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.

Westbrook put together another tremendous season in which he averaged a triple-double for the second consecutive season.

After hitting the nothing-but-net shot, Davis, perhaps wanting to convey how hard a shot that was to make, spoke a racist colloquialism more common during the antebellum through the Jim Crow eras of American history.

The expression "out of his cotton-picking mind" is generally another way to say "crazy" or "unbelievable". This was widely viewed as racist, and it led the Thunder to suspend Davis from his duties for the opening game of the playoffs.

Thunder vice president of broadcasting Dan Mahoney told The Norman Transcript on Thursday that the term was "offensive and inappropriate". 'Brian assures me that it was not meant in any derogatory way, and he apologizes. 'Again, we've expressed to him strongly that it was offensive and inappropriate, and that's all we can do for right now'.

It is unclear if Davis will address his comments in a future broadcast, but Mahoney said that decision is left up to him. The apology was forthcoming, and appropriate. Many took to social media to complain about Davis' choice of words.

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