Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Sports announcer who said ‘cotton-picking mind’ is out of his job

Wiktionary says the term is just a form of emphasis.  I don't use the term myself but I have heard it used -- always without racial intent.  I think the episode below is just Left-inspired vindictiveness. It is a nasty game to see whom you can catch and hurt

Oklahoma City Thunder play-by-play announcer Brian Davis was calling a fairly meaningless game between the Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies in the regular season finale. Despite the game not meaning a ton in the grand scheme of things, Thunder star Russell Westbrook was playing with his typical maniacal competitiveness.

“Russell Westbrook is out of his cotton-picking mind!” Davis exclaimed during the course of the game.

Unsurprisingly, Davis sparked an internet firestorm with his use of the phrase “cotton-picking mind.”

There were those who felt the phrase is linked to slavery, and thus a racist term. There were others who felt that the phrase is just an old jab at all farmers, regardless of race.

And, of course, there were those who felt that it’s nothing more than an unassuming figure of speech that has no literal significance.

The merits of the phrase are obviously up for debate, but it was enough for Davis to be suspended for the Thunder’s first playoff game.

For his part, Davis seemed genuinely contrite and offered his deepest apologies

According to NewsOK, the Thunder brass informed Davis that his contract would not be renewed.



Anonymous said...

it’s nothing more than an unassuming figure of speech that has no literal significance.

That is correct. There was a comic fifty years or so ago who liked to say cotton picking chicken plucking.

Anonymous said...

Nowadays apparently you can be punished for imagined slights.
What a world.