OKLAHOMA CITY — 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.
"We think obviously the use of that term was offensive and inappropriate, and I expressed that to Brian last night," Mahoney said Thursday. "Brian assures me that it was not meant in any derogatory way, and he apologizes. But again, we feel strongly that it’s inappropriate and offensive."
Davis made the comments during the second quarter of the Thunder's season-closing win over the Grizzlies, when he referred to Russell Westbrook as "out of his cotton pickin' mind."
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.
"That’s really up to Brian," Mahoney said. "Again, we’ve expressed to him strongly that it was offensive and inappropriate, and that’s all we can do for right now."
The first round of the playoffs is televised locally on FOX Sports Oklahoma. The Thunder play Game 1 against Utah on Sunday.
Fred Katz is the Thunder beat writer for the Norman Transcript and CNHI Oklahoma as well as the host of the postgame show, Thunder After Dark, and the OKC Dream Team, a weekly Thunder podcast that runs every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter: @FredKatz.