Oklahoma City Thunder won''t renew contract of announcer

6/15/2018 2:48:42 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder will not renew the contract of the only television play-by-play announcer the team has had since it relocated in 2008.

The team said Friday the contract of Brian Davis, play-by-play announcer since the team relocated from Seattle, will not be renewed for the 2018-19 season.

A team statement does not give a reason for the decision.

Davis was suspended for Game 1 of the Thunder"s first-round Western Conference playoff series against the Utah Jazz for a broadcast comment he made during the team"s regular-season finale against Memphis. In that game, Davis described Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook as ""out of his cotton-picking mind"" after an assist.

Thunder vice president of broadcasting and communications Dan Mahoney said at the time Davis" phrase was ""highly inappropriate and offensive.""