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Fired Cherry stands by his remarks on Coach’s Corner

The Western Standard has learned that Sportsnet’s Hockey Night in Canada – contracted to the CBC – has fired its headliner Don Cherry.

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Don Cherry is unrepentant.

The 85-year-old hockey icon was fired by Sportsnet yesterday – Remembrance Day – for comments he made on Coach’s Corner that some deemed racist.

Cherry caused a firestorm of criticism from Twitter users and liberal politicians after he observed on his show that people in big cities and newcomers appear to wear the poppy less frequently than Canadians in smaller communities and those who have lived in Canada longer.

Contacted by Postmedia, Monday, Cherry seemed unrepentant saying he had “no problem” with the firing.

“I know what I said and I meant it. Everybody in Canada should wear a poppy to honour our fallen soldiers,” Cherry said.

Cherry denied the comments were racist saying they were patriotic.

“I speak the truth and I walk the walk. I have vistited the bases of the troops, been to Afghanistan with our brave soldiers at Christmas, been to cemeteries of our fallen around the world and honoured our fallen troops on Coach’s Corner,” he told Postmedia.

“To keep my job, I cannot be turned into a trained robot.”

“Remember to wear your poppy to honour our fallen soldiers…Thumbs up.”

Sportsnet announced the firing in a tweet.

“Sports brings people together – it unites us, not divides us,” said Sportsnet president Bart Yabsley.

Don Cherry on the cover of the Western Standard, February 2005

“Following further discussions with Don Cherry after Saturday night’s broadcast, it has been decided it is the right time for him to immediately step down.”

Cherry caused a twitter meltdone on his show when he is seeing less people wearing poppies and seemed to blame immigrants to Canada.

“You people … you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy or something like that. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price,” Cherry said as his sidekick Ron MacLean looked on.

Twitter immediately erupted with people calling him a racist and to be fired.

The Canadian Broadcast Standards council said they have received so many complaints about Cherry they are no longer accepting any more.

“The CBSC has received a large number of very similar complaints concerning Coach’s Corner broadcast on CBC (Sportsnet) on November 9, 2019, exceeding the CBSC’s technical processing capacities. Accordingly, while the CBSC will be dealing with this broadcast under its normal process, it is not able to accept any further complaints, said a note on their website.

Predectably, oppenents and supporters took to Twitter to vent.

“If you’re happy Cherry got axed and Trudeau is still PM II’m wondering how your tall glass of hypocrisy tastes,” tweeted Mike.

Vicky Mochama tweeted: “don cherry getting fired for hockey for racism is absolutely what my ancestors fought for.”

Two Liberal cabinet ministers also waded into the fray with Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Patty Hajdu blasting Cherry.

Cherry supporters lashed back that his comment were not as racist as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appearing in blackface several times.

Ironically, it’s not the first time Cherry, 85, seemed to single out immigrants for not wearing poppies.

In an Nov. 17, 2017 Coach’s Corner said driving that day through downtown Toronto he didn’t see a single poppy.

“You’d think they’d be happy being here and everything what a lovely country,” he said in comments that appear to have escaped twitter’s wrath.

On Sunday night, Cherry’s broadcasting co-hort apologized for his role in the debacle.

MacLean was also blasted on Twitter for seemingly supporting Cherry.

Coach’s Corner is still broadcast on CBC in a sub-licensing deal with Rogers Media, which owns Sportsnet.

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11 Comments

  1. Stefan

    November 13, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Sad day for Canada for crucifying an 85 year old man and icon of the Canadian hockey for simply not choosing a politically correct word. This only prove that there is no freedom of speech anymore in Canada. Our political correct killed our freedom of speach. Shame on Roger’s media for crucifing an honest man like Don Cherry and keeping the snake Ron MacLean. Don, you don’t need a friend like Judas Ron MacLean.

  2. Susanna Rackley

    November 13, 2019 at 10:36 am

    It’s astonishing to me as a 6th generation Canadian that Mr.cherry could be fired for speaking the truth. I have noticed a lack of presence of the poppy for many years, and it is blatantly missing from the immigrant population. Both new and older members of this part of Canada’s population. This is a fact. He simply commented on what he has visually observed. He has a right to free speech as do we all.
    But it seems to me that we “real” Canadians are losing this right. Along with the right to say merry Christmas and call our trees Christmas trees. The freedoms of speech and religion belong only to the “new” Canadian.
    We can in part thank our garbage prime minister for this.
    Mr Cherry thank you for calling attention to the issue of our fading poppy. It needed to be done.

  3. Terri Fisher

    November 12, 2019 at 8:04 am

    When did ” you” become racist. He called out no one in particular. I believe he was referring to new immigrants as well as existing Canadians. He is also correct ~~ Shame on Rodgers, Sportsnet… cancelled…. So tired of the political correctness it has gotten to the point of being ludicrous. Your welcome any time Mr Cherry to come to Alberta …

  4. Robert Bryenton

    November 12, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Don is a far better man, than our PM!

  5. BikerLad

    November 12, 2019 at 6:40 am

    Jeepers. Speaking of firing someone….do you guys even have an editor? This is chock full of spelling and grammar errors.
    Here’s a sampling: ….twitter meltdone on his show when he is seeing less people….(Twitter, meltdown, fewer). Twitter twice spelled in lowercase. Cohort (no hyphen). Cherry supporters lashed back that his comment were (comments were; comment is).

  6. Barbara Black

    November 11, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Don Cherry’s remarks were in no way racist. He was referring to immigrants in general and we have immigrants from Europe as well as from a number of other countries. Even in this small town we have people from Holland, England and Argentina. Today, being offended has become the new fashion. And it is getting really tiresome.

  7. jim

    November 11, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    cancel your roger accounts I did.

  8. Laurie Crothers

    November 11, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    What Mr. Cherry said is true. He just said what a lot of Canadians think. I see in my small city close to the US border that the immigrants here speak their language in public and look a you like don’t belong. I am sick of changing the way I grew up with what I can or can not say. I am 61 years old they are to learn our language and our customs not the other way around.

  9. Cheryl

    November 11, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Shame on you sports net for firing a veteran of hockey, for standing up for veterans of our country on Veterans Day. Disgusting.

  10. Mike Griffith

    November 11, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    I am in total support of Don Cherry. He said whet had to be said . It is thought off by millions of Canadians ..What sport-net has done is take away freedom of opinion, and speech, What sportnet has done is slap every Canadian soldier dead or alive in the face . Those who have died ,,, died for nothing. they gave their lives for our freedom and a sport network is taking it away what a pathetic organization you are I will boycott anything sport-net, and I will advise their sponcers I will go out of my way to achieve my goals

  11. Mike Bromley

    November 11, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    What a brilliant distraction. Let’s fire a guy for doing what he was hired to do. That’s pure genius.

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Hundreds of Albertans protest in front of UCP MLA offices over COVID restrictions

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He knew they couldn’t stop the government from bringing in even more COVID-19 restrictions, but Jordon Kosik wanted to be ready to show his displeasure.

Operating two Facebook groups, Holding MLAs Accountable and Closed for Fall, Kosik had his 17,000 members ready to protest just hours after Premier Jason Kenney brought in a fourth COVID-19 lockdown, which this time includes vaccination passports.

“A couple of weeks ago, we knew something was happening,” Kosik said in a Thursday interview with the Western Standard.

Protest in front of Nathan Cooper’s office. Photo courtesy Holding MLAs Accountable

“There was nothing we could do to stop it, but what we could do is get ready.”

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“To get ready for that we have to network, network, network,” Koik said.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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