While many tuned in on League Pass to see if Russell Westbrook would gain his 16 rebounds needed to average a triple-double for the season. It was Brian Davis’ remarks about Westbrook’s tenacity that caught the ire of many people viewing the game. No, it wasn’t his chicken salad out of chicken something. It was this:
Did he just say “Westbrook is out of his cotton-picking mind”?….. pic.twitter.com/fvPZ5cTkjx
— Mark Robinson (@MarkyRobs) April 12, 2018
Oklahoma City addressed an uproar over Thunder play-by-play man Brian Davis’ comments on Wednesday night, calling them offensive and inappropriate.”
It’s only taken the Thunder brass 2½ years to address Brian’s use of this phrase (a phrase we will not repeat). That’s 2½ years too long.
how isn't there more talk about what BD said last night? saying a player has a "cottin pickin'" mind should be causing something.
— Thunder Digest (@ThunderDigest) January 27, 2016
The NBA, a place of inclusion and diversity, should not have let this get as far down the road as has. We all have grown to know Davis well. We see him within the city and he’s polite and just so. We all know that he didn’t mean the comment the way it appears. However, that doesn’t change the fact the comment is offensive to many and quite inappropriate.
Dan Mahoney, the Thunder’s vice president of broadcasting, said it would be up to Davis to address this issue on air. Davis is an upstanding person and I would fully expect an apology when the Thunder play Utah in Game 1 in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs that tip off on Sunday night at 5:30 p.m.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Our Podcast is on iTunes. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!