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Melissa Porter | 14 April, 2018, 23:25

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

The Thunder have suspended play-by-play man Brian Davis for an "insensitive" and "offensive" remark made during Oklahoma City's win over Memphis Wednesday.

Well, he's not technically wrong there: The phrase has been around since slavery and therefore has racist connotations, but people still use it while others still bristle at the link to slave labor.

While Westbrook was on his way to his 17th triple-double of the season, the UCLA product hit teammate Terrance Ferguson in the corner for an open three-pointer, which is when Davis made his ill-fated call.

Russell Westbrook, who achieved his 25th triple-double of the season during the game, sank a three-point shot from the corner of the court, an undeniably hard shot to make, though one he did easily thanks to a fake pass move he made to thwart off a defender. "Brian assures me it was not meant in any derogatory way, and he apologizes".

"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.

Mahoney also told Katz the Thunder would not make Davis address the comments on a future broadcast.

Brian Davis managed to offer both an apology and a plea of innocence within the same breath.

Still, more can be done. Thunder radio play-by-play announcer Matt Pinto will take Davis' place on FS Oklahoma broadcast, will be simulcast on radio.