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NBA announcer suspended for ‘cotton-picking’ comment about Russell Westbrook

A veteran broadcaster said Russell Westbrook was playing out of his "cotton-picking mind." | Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press

The Thunder suspended play-by-play announcer Brian Davis Friday for one game after using an old Southern phrase that has possible racial connotations when talking about star guard Russell Westbrook.

Davis, who has been calling Thunder broadcasts for eight seasons, said Westbrook was “out of his cotton-picking mind” after the seven-time All-Star hit a three.

The phrase “cotton-picking” is sometimes used in the context of being difficult or a nuisance.

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Davis accepted the suspension and apologized for his “lapse in judgement.”

“It is with great remorse and humility that I accept this suspension for the insensitive words I used during Wednesday’s broadcast,” Davis told ESPN. “While unintentional, I understand and acknowledge the gravity of the situation.”