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Sports Online backlash against Don Cherry for comments on immigrants and Remembrance Day

08:20  10 november  2019
08:20  10 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Outspoken sports commentator, Don Cherry is facing online backlash . He made comments complaining that he rarely sees people wearing poppies ahead of

Hockey commentator Don Cherry is shown in Toronto on February 15, 2011. Cherry says he’s frustrated about the lack of visible poppies being worn by new Canadians ahead of Remembrance Day . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese. Online backlash against Don Cherry for

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TORONTO — Hockey commentator Don Cherry is in the limelight yet again, this time for complaining that he rarely sees people he believes to be new immigrants wearing poppies ahead of Remembrance Day.

The 85-year-old Cherry said on Saturday on his weekly Coach's Corner segment as part of Hockey Night in Canada that he's less frequently seeing people wearing poppies anymore to honour fallen Canadian soldiers — and he singled out those he believes are immigrants in Toronto, prompting a swift online backlash.

"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," Cherry said.  "These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price."

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  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

Don Cherry sparked online backlash on Saturday night for his comments about immigrants not wanting to wear poppies ahead of Remembrance Day . 0:50. April 28, 2013 — Cherry said he was against women reporters being allowed in NHL dressing rooms. "I remember the first time it

Outspoken sports commentator, Don Cherry is facing online backlash . He made comments complaining that he rarely sees people wearing poppies ahead of Remembrance Day , in particular people he perceives to be new immigrants . He suggested that they were unappreciative of veterans.

Among the online responses was one from Paula Simons, an independent senator from Alberta.

She wrote that it has not been her experience that new immigrants don't wear poppies or appreciate the tragedies of war, and further condemned the sentiment behind Cherry's remarks.

"We don't honour the sacrifice of those who died in battle by sowing division or distrust," Simons wrote.

Cherry made his comment prior to running his annual Remembrance Day video montage, where he is seen walking through a military cemetery in France visiting the graves of Canadian soldiers who went to battle in the First World War.

Poppies are sold every year starting on the last Friday in October until Remembrance Day on Nov. 11 by The Royal Canadian Legion to raise money in support of veterans and their families.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 10, 2019.

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'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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