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Canada CTV, Jessica Allen apologize for her hockey remarks after Don Cherry's firing

04:50  15 november  2019
04:50  15 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Don Cherry has to go

  Don Cherry has to go For hockey’s culture to better itself, it needs to move on from one of its figureheadsThere’s probably very little that I could write about Don Cherry’s career that you haven’t read before. He’s a fan of “old school”, rough and tumble hockey. He’s unapologetic about his abrasive opinions and his loud suits. He’s an unabashed homer for the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He’s said some highly controversial things over the years, and your mileage will vary as to how much you love or hate what he has to say. I’m not breaking new ground here, and I’m not particularly interested in re-litigating all of the little battles that have been fought over the years.

CTV says it is apologizing to anyone who was offended by comments made by a correspondent on its show The Social following the firing of hockey commentator Don Cherry . During the program on Tuesday, Jessica Allen said she doesn’t “worship at the altar of hockey ” and found in her experience

TORONTO — CTV says it is apologizing to anyone who was offended by comments made by a correspondent on its show The Social following the firing of hockey commentator Don Cherry . During the program on Tuesday, Jessica Allen said she doesn’t “worship at the altar of hockey ” and found

TORONTO — CTV says it is apologizing to anyone who was offended by comments made by a correspondent on its show The Social following the firing of hockey commentator Don Cherry.

During the program on Tuesday, Jessica Allen said she doesn't "worship at the altar of hockey'' and found in her experience that those who did "all tended to be white boys who weren't, let's say, very nice.''

She added that "they were not generally thoughtful, they were often bullies.''

CTV saaid Allen's comments generated an extraordinary response. Many hockey parents expressed their anger.

"We would like to apologize to everyone who was offended by the remarks, and let you know that your feedback sparked much debate and introspection at The Social and CTV," the network said in a statement Thursday.

What the Puck: It was time for Rogers to put Don Cherry out to pasture

  What the Puck: It was time for Rogers to put Don Cherry out to pasture An apology wasn’t enough. Sportsnet needed to fire Don Cherry. And that’s exactly what they did, on Remembrance Day appropriately enough. In fact, the latest controversy around arguably the most famous broadcaster in English-speaking Canada underlines that Rogers Media and its sports subsidiary, Rogers Sportsnet, should’ve politely nudged Cherry into retirement when they first got the rights to the pricey National Hockey League package in 2013. That was the perfect opportunity for Rogers to announce that it was ushering in a new era for Hockey Night in Canada and that it would be an era without the old-school rantings of a guy who appeals to the worst elements in C

TORONTO — CTV says it is apologizing to anyone who was offended by comments made by a © Twitter/Screenshot Jess Allen "We would like to apologize to everyone who was offended by the Do better CTV !" he said on Twitter. Sportsnet fired Cherry this week following his comments on " Hockey

CTV says it is apologizing to anyone who was offended by comments made by a correspondent on its show The Social following the firing of hockey commentator Don Cherry . Jessica Allen of CTV ' s "The Social" is shown in this undated handout photo.

"We won't restrict our hosts from offering their opinions on an opinion show, but we will always listen to viewers when they offer theirs."

Allen also issued an apology, saying when she spoke she was referring to hockey players she knew personally when she was in high school and university. She said Cherry reminded her of those players.

"I regret saying that my experiences were personal instead of underlying that they were specific episodes from determined moments with particular individuals," she wrote.

"As a result, I offended many people. Not just our viewers, but parents, children, coaches, volunteers and hockey families everywhere. To you I apologize."

Sportsnet fired Cherry this week following his comments on "Hockey Night in Canada," which many felt were critical of immigrants for not wearing Remembrance Day poppies.

Cherry used the phrase, 'You people,' during the "Coach's Corner'' segment Saturday night but has denied that he was singling out visible minorities.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 14, 2019.

 

The Canadian Press

'We're hurt,' says former NHLer Terry Ryan on Don Cherry controversy .
As a former NHL player and guest on Coach's Corner, Terry Ryan is having a hard time reconciling the hurtful comments made by Don Cherry with the man he knows as a mentor and hockey icon."I do think it needs context. I'm not agreeing with what he said, " Ryan says.

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