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Thunder Announcer Suspended After Controversial Comment About Russell Westbrook

15 April 2018, 12:18 | Charlene Valdez

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook goes to the basket in front of Memphis Grizzlies guard Mario Chalmers, forward Dillon Brooks and guard Ben Mc Lemore in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City Wednesday

The Oklahoma City Thunder addressed play-by-play announcer Brian Davis calling Russell Westbrook "out of his cotton-pickin" mind" during Wednesday's broadcast with a statement calling the remark "offensive and inappropriate'.

Mahoney told The Norman Transcript he was unsure whether Davis would apologize for the comment the next time he was behind the mic. "While unintentional, I understand and acknowledge the gravity of the situation. This is an appropriate effect for my actions", Davis concluded.

"Again, we've expressed to him strongly that it was offensive and inappropriate, and that's all we can do for right now", Mahoney said. Broadcaster Brian Davis was providing the commentary for the game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies when he made the remark. Now, Westbrook, as well as teammate Paul George, have responded to the comment.

Late in the second quarter, Westbrook jumped in the air and delivered a fantastic pass to Thunder shooting guard Terrance Ferguson, who knocked down a corner 3-pointer and that play had Brian Davis baffled.

Davis will return for the Thunder's Game 2 matchup against the Jazz next Wednesday. The team has made the decision to do what they need to do. "That's not where our focus is, what happened".

"We've discussed it with the announcer and let him know that. We just have to move on from it". "We move on. We've got something bigger to focus on and be anxious about".

Usual radio play-by-play man Matt Pinto will call the Thunder's first game of the Western Conference playoffs Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET against the Jazz on FOX Sports Oklahoma.

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