Report: Thunder suspend announcer over racially insensitive remark
The Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday suspended TV play-by-play announcer Brian Davis for one game over a racially insensitive remark made earlier this week during a game broadcast.
The FOX Sports Oklahoma broadcaster, during Wednesday night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies, remarked that Russell Westbrook was “out of his cotton-picking mind” during a 137-123 victory over in the team’s regular-season finale.
And now, per The Oklahoman’s Erik Thorne, Davis will not call Game 1 of the Thunder’s first-round match-up with the Utah Jazz on Sunday.
Thunder will suspend TV play-by-play announcer Brian Davis for Game 1 of Western Conference first round. Thunder radio play-by-play announcer Matt Pinto will take Davis’ place on FS Oklahoma broadcast, will be simulcast on radio.
— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) April 13, 2018
Davis also issued a statement on his remarks and subsequent suspension.
“It is with great remorse and humility that I accept this suspension for the insensitive words I used during Wednesday’s broadcast,” the statement read, via The Spun. “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 Thunder on Thursday issued a statement of their own regarding the incident, condemning Davis’ remarks as “highly inappropriate and offensive.”