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

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"We think obviously the use of that term was offensive and inappropriate, and I expressed that to Brian [on Wednesday] night", Mahoney said.

The Oklahoma City Thunder slammed a broadcaster Thursday for using the "offensive" term "cotton-picking" to describe star player Russell Westbrook's play in the team's regular season finale.

Fox Sports Oklahoma play-by-play guy Brian Davis said he accepted his one-game suspension for his "insensitive" comments.

Announcer Brian Davis used a derogatory and racist term to describe a hard shot made by Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook.

Thunder vice president Dan Mahoney says the comment was inappropriate. "Brian assures me that it was not meant in any derogatory way, and he apologizes".

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

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The announcer said that he didn't attach any racial meaning to his comment, but accepted the suspension.

Following that game, the OKC Thunder would release a statement condemning his racially insensitive language, and Davis would up apologizing. "While unintentional, I understand and acknowledge the gravity of the situation". 'Again, we've expressed to him strongly that it was offensive and inappropriate, and that's all we can do for right now'.

"I offer my honest apology and realize that, while I committed a lapse in judgement, such mistakes come with consequences. This is an appropriate outcome for my actions".

It is yet to be determined if Davis, who is a full-time employee of the Thunder, will address his comments on a future broadcast.

The Thunder open the playoffs at home against the Utah Jazz tomorrow afternoon.

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