Fox Sports NBA announcer Brian Davis was caught slipping when he said, “[Russell] Westbrook is out of his cotton-pickin’ mind,” on Wednesday, the same night that Westbrook became the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double twice.
Did he just say “Westbrook is out of his cotton-picking mind”?..... pic.twitter.com/fvPZ5cTkjx— Mark Robinson (@MarkyRobs) April 12, 2018
People immediately saw the announcer’s comment for what it was: an incredibly dumb thing to say. The Thunder have even issued a statement condemning the comments yesterday, and Davis was suspended by Fox Sports on Friday. However, vape king and basketball fan Larry King told TMZ that he didn't think the comment was a big deal at all.
“If people are offended, I feel sorry. That statement's been around forever," King said. “'Cotton-picking mind’ was probably an adjective."
Well, he’s not technically wrong there: The phrase has been around since slavery and therefore has racist connotations, but people still use it while others still bristle at the link to slave labor.
"I would take it as a compliment,” King said, sticking his foot even further in his own mouth. “That's like saying, 'You're crazy.' A lot of people say that everyday. What about people with mental health problems?"
Of course, people with mental health issues shouldn’t be called "crazy" to begin with, since it dismisses issues that millions of people face every day. But, at the very least, King also added that he is for changing the name of the racist Washington Redskins name. Peep his comments above.