OKC Thunder suspend play-by-play announcer Brian Davis after questionable remark
Soooo we gonna let this go ? Brian Davis you wildin’ bro . pic.twitter.com/kJzWQVdi8N
— Ny (@Nyeeezy_) April 12, 2018
He will be replaced by radio play-by-play voice Matt Pinto, rejoining the broadcast crew for Game 2.
Davis has had extensive experience calling games for the Seattle SuperSonics, the Thunder, as well as many Division I college games throughout his career.
I've always known Thunder play-by-play man Brian Davis to be a class act. It's unfortunate he used a poor choice of words last night. But in my opinion it was just that. We all make mistakes. Brian's shouldn't detract from the professional he is and has been for years.
— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) April 12, 2018
The Thunder responded shortly after his comments went viral.
“We find the term used by Brian Davis on our broadcast last night to be highly inappropriate and offensive.”
“We’ve discussed it with the announcer and let him know that. He assures us it was not meant in any sort of offensive or derogatory manner and he apologizes. Nonetheless, he’s been told the use of that term in any manner is unacceptable.”
Davis issued an apology shortly after his suspension was announced, expressing remorse for his actions and accepting the punishment doled out by the team.
“It is with great remorse and humility that I accept this suspension for the insensitive words I used during Wednesday’s broadcast. 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.”
The Thunder will take on the Jazz on Sunday on TNT. Oklahoma City took the regular season series 3-1 against their first-round rival.