Sportsnet fires Don Cherry

Sportsnet fires Don Cherry

Sportsnet fires Don Cherry

Don Cherry, the former Bruins coach whose garish attire and outlandish commentary made him a hockey broadcasting icon, was sacked Monday by Sportsnet in Canada following remarks that singled out immigrants and accusing them of not being patriotic.

The National Hockey League said in a statement that Cherry's remarks were "offensive and contrary to the values we believe in".

Don Cherry, a legendary figure in Canada who has talked hockey on national television for more than three decades, was sacked on Monday by Sportsnet due to a racist rant he made against immigrants on "Hockey Night in Canada" over the weekend, according to Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun.

For years, Cherry was an embarrassment to CBC given his frequent xenophobic comments about francophone and European players and his overt support for fighting in hockey.

Cherry said he is proud of his decades on-air as a legendary TV hockey commentator: "I want to thank everyone who has watched "Coach's Corner" over the last 35 years".

"Last night, Don Cherry made comments that are wrong in describing Canadians' remembrance of our veterans", he posted.

"You people love - they come here, whatever it is - you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey".

Cherry himself would not apologize for his comments, telling the Toronto Sun's Joe Warmington that he's "had my say".

After first giving Cherry's comments a vote of confidence with a thumbs up, Ron MacLean apologized Sunday evening on Twitter.

During his Hockey Night appearance over the weekend, Cherry noted how he was not seeing certain people in Canada wearing the customary remembrance poppies on their lapels in the leadup to Armistice Day.

Cherry has yet to comment on his firing.

"We have spoken with Don about the severity of this issue and we sincerely apologize for these divisive remarks".

"To keep my job, I can not be turned into a tamed robot", he said.

The hashtags #firedoncherry and #DonCherryMustGo were trending on social media in the wake of his comments.

February 3, 2018 - Citing cold weather during winter, Cherry sounded off against those looking to combat climate change during a segment of Coach's Corner. "I have had my say", he told the paper on Sunday.

"I do however find it very unusual, in my world, that a person would go into a restaurant and order a seal burger for lunch".

The outpouring of complaints to the Canada Broadcast Standards Council was enough to overload their online forum and they were unable to take any more.

Cherry criticized Canada's choice of skier Jean-Luc Brassard as Olympic flag-bearer, calling him "a French guy, some skier nobody knows about". "I sat there, did not catch it, did not respond", MacLean said.

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