NBA Announcer Suspended For Questionable ‘Racist’ Remark… Listen And Decide For Yourself
Thunder suspend announcer who said Russell Westbrook was ‘out of his cotton-picking mind.’
While Russell Westbrook was pursuing enough rebounds in the Thunder’s season finale to clinch a triple-double season average, Thunder TV play-by-play announcer Brian Davis accentuated a nice pass by saying “Westbrook is ‘out of his cotton-picking mind.’
The modifier “cotton-picking” is an exclamatory phrase. Davis seemingly meant that Westbrook was playing out of his mind, a compliment. But the phrase is tangled in a history in which slaves primarily picked cotton in the South.