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Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Russell Westbrook and Paul George Address 'Cotton-Picking' Comments by OKC Announcer

Russell Westbrook and Paul George Address 'Cotton-Picking' Comments by OKC Announcer

The term is viewed by many as offensive as picking cotton was a primary duty of black slaves in the South. Davis is white and Westbrook is black. Instead, in a statement made to the Norman Transcript, he expressed that, while he felt Davis didn't mean to use the term in a pejorative way, it was nevertheless wrong.

In a statement to ESPN, Davis said he accepted the suspension and apologized for using the phrase, which he said was not intentionally derogatory but drew criticism on social media for its racial undertones.

With that being said, here's what separates the Jazz from the Thunder and why we'll see Utah advance to the second round after winning in seven games. 'Brian assures me that it was not meant in any derogatory way, and he apologizes. "While unintentional, I understand and acknowledge the gravity of the situation", he said.

Also during Wednesday's game, Westbrook became the first player in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double in multiple seasons. "I offer my honest apology".

The Thunder believe team play-by-play announcer Brian Davis' racially insensitive remarks during Wednesday's game against Memphis were "offensive and inappropriate", Thunder Vice President of Broadcasting Dan Mahoney told The Transcript. "This is an appropriate outcome for my actions". "Again, we've expressed to him strongly that it was offensive and inappropriate, and that's all we can do for right now".

The phrase 'cotton-picking, ' usually used to provide emphasis, carries negative connotations related to black slavery in the United States.

It is unclear if Davis will address his comments in a future broadcast, but Mahoney said that decision is left up to him.

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