Russell Westbrook and Paul George Address 'Cotton-Picking' Comments by OKC Announcer

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The Oklahoma City Thunder responded to Davis' comments Thursday, saying that although he says he was misinterpreted, his words were "offensive and inappropriate".

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After hitting the nothing-but-net shot, Davis, perhaps wanting to convey how hard a shot that was to make, spoke a racist colloquialism more common during the antebellum through the Jim Crow eras of American history.

The expression "out of his cotton-picking mind" is generally another way to say "crazy" or "unbelievable".

Cotton picking was the primary responsibility for black slaves in the South, so the term can be offensive when used by a white person to describe a black person.

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Dan Mahoney, the Thunder's vice president of broadcasting and corporate communications, said the team considered the comment "inappropriate". He assures us it was not meant in any sort of offensive or derogatory manner and he apologizes.

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Mahoney said it would be up to Davis whether or not to address the comment on a future broadcast.

But the Thunder's response to the statement is commendable. "Nonetheless, he's been told the use of that term in any manner is unacceptable".

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