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OKC Blasts Announcer Who Said Westbrook ... 'Out Of His Cotton-Picking Mind'

4/12/2018 6:19 AM PDT

OKC Thunder Blasts Announcer Who Said Russell Westbrook Is Out Of His 'Cotton-Picking Mind'

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8:28 AM PT -- The OKC Thunder has issued a statement condemning the comments ... 

"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."

An NBA game announcer is in hot water after saying Russell Westbrook was playing so well Wednesday night ... he was "out of his cotton-picking mind."

Dude. Bad. 

We get it ... FOX Sports Oklahoma play-by-play guy Brian Davis (white dude) was trying to say Westbrook was playing on another level (he became the first player in NBA history to average a triple double 2 years in a row). 

But, when you make a cotton reference about a black guy ...it's not usually well received. 

That's exactly what happened Wednesday night -- people are losing their minds about the comment. Some people are even suggesting Davis should be fired. 

There's been a long debate about the origin of the expression -- some people say it was used as a slur plantation owners used toward slaves. 

We're reaching out to the Thunder for comment. 

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