Russell Westbrook on announcer calling him ‘out of his cotton-picking mind:' ‘What he said wasn’t OK’
The Thunder suspended TV announcer Brian Davis for responding to a nice play by saying Russell Westbrook was “out of his cotton-picking mind.”
Westbrook, via Fred Katz of The Norman Transcript:
This seems like the appropriate response.
We can point out what Davis said wasn’t OK and explain why: The phrase is tangled in a history of slaves picking cotton in the South.
We can also note that Davis denied ill-intent for a phrase many (myself included) hadn’t previously considered and apologized for his insensitivity, learn from this and move on.