The big political correctness whuppin’ stick came out and whacked a veteran pro basketball announcer right in the head after an innocent exclamation during the heat of a game was deemed to be offensive and possibly racist.
Brian Davis who calls the games for the playoff-bound Oklahoma City Thunder was marveling at the skills of star player Russell Westbrook dropping a three-pointer when he let slip the unfortunate but unforgivable in these times comment that “he’s outta his cotton pickin’ mind” which was not intended to be racially malicious and was once a rather commonplace phrase in a simpler time before the rise of the new totalitarian left and the speech police.
That did it because the perpetual outrage machine that is SJW social media flew into action and before you could whistle Dixie, Davis was being fitted for a pointy white hood.
— NewsOKThunder (@NewsOKThunder) April 13, 2018
Via The Oklahoman “Thunder play-by-play announcer Brian Davis suspended”:
The Thunder announced Friday that it has suspended TV play-by-play announcer Brian Davis for Game 1 of the Western Conference first round against Utah on Sunday.
Davis caused controversy when in the second quarter of the Thunder’s season finale against Memphis on Wednesday he said Russell Westbrook was “out of his cotton-picking mind” in reference to a Westbrook assist. Thunder vice president of broadcasting and communications Dan Mahoney called Davis’ phrase “highly inappropriate and offensive” on Thursday.
Davis met with players Friday morning and issued a statement through the Thunder on Friday afternoon.
“It is with great remorse and humility that I accept this suspension for the insensitive words I used during Wednesday’s broadcast,” Davis wrote. “While unintentional, I understand and acknowledge the gravity of the situation. I offer my sincere apology and realize that, while I committed a lapse in judgement, such mistakes come with consequences. This is an appropriate consequence for my actions.”
Statement from Brian Davis on his suspension: pic.twitter.com/BfZ1w4zwFg
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) April 13, 2018
Davis will miss only the first game of the Thunder’s upcoming playoff series but is now on double-secret probation.
Hey, at least we still live in a civilized society (for now anyway) or his tongue would have been yanked out with a fire-heated pair of iron tongs.