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Oklahoma City TV announcer Brian Davis has been suspended by the team for Game 1 of the Thunder’s first-round series against the Jazz after he used the phrase, “out of his cotton-pickin’ mind” to describe Russell Westbrook in the team’s final regular-season game.

The Thunder’s radio announcer Matt Pinto will take over TV duty for the game while Davis is out. Davis reportedly met with players on Friday, and he released a statement apologizing for his choice of a phrase with racist connotations.

Davis’s suspension comes as a bit of a surprise, because it was only yesterday that the Thunder’s VP of broadcasting*, Dan Mahoney, seemed content with simply calling him out. When asked on Thursday if Davis would make a public statement about his words, this was Mahoney’s response:

“That’s really up to Brian,” Mahoney said. “Again, we’ve expressed to him strongly that it was offensive and inappropriate, and that’s all we can do for right now.”

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Apparently Mahoney changed his mind, or someone else decided Davis needed some sort of consequence.

Correction (10:56 a.m. Saturday): This article originally misstated that Dan Mahoney was the “VP of Officiating.” He is the VP of Broadcasting.