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Sports Sportsnet apologizes for Don Cherry's anti-immigrant comments

19:51  10 november  2019
19:51  10 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Stu Cowan: Don Cherry's comments about 'you people' were disgraceful

  Stu Cowan: Don Cherry's comments about 'you people' were disgraceful In Don Cherry’s perfect world, the NHL would have nothing but “good Canadian boys” with no visors who wear their nice suits to the game before dropping the gloves and pounding each other in the face when the opportunity arises. Fortunately, the hockey world has changed and the game has never been better or more entertaining than it is now with its speed, talent and the parity of a salary-capped NHL where every game means something and just making the playoffs is an accomplishment. There is so much young talent in the league (all wearing visors) and it’s not all Canadian — which is a good thing as the game continues to grow.

TORONTO -- Sportsnet apologized Sunday for hockey commentator Don Cherry ' s televised rant about his belief that new immigrants don 't wear poppies, and in " Don 's discriminatory comments are offensive and they do not represent our values and what we stand for as a network," Sportsnet

Sportsnet apologized Sunday for hockey commentator Don Cherry ' s televised rant about his belief that new immigrants don 't wear poppies, and in turn don 't support veterans -- comments that sparked a swift backlash from the public, politicians and the NHL.

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TORONTO — Sportsnet has apologized after hockey commentator Don Cherry complained on national television that he rarely sees people he believes are immigrants wearing poppies ahead of Remembrance Day.

Sportsnet president Bart Yabsley says Cherry's comments are offensive and discriminatory.

Yabsley says the network has spoken to Cherry about the severity of his comments.

The 85-year-old hockey personality made the remarks during his weekly Coach's Corner segment, saying that newcomers to Canada love the way of life here but don't honour veterans.

His comments have drawn outrage online with many calling for his firing.

Cherry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Canadian Press

On new podcast, Don Cherry addresses Sportsnet's decision to fire him .
Don Cherry says Sportsnet "made it impossible" for him to address a controversy that eventually led to his firing last week. In his first "Grapevine" podcast, released Tuesday, Cherry says he wasn't willing to accept Sportsnet's conditions to have him return following his "Coach's Corner" segment on "Hockey Night in Canada" on Nov. 9. "What happened was evidently I said something. Everybody knows what I said," Cherry said. "I offered to explain.In his first "Grapevine" podcast, released Tuesday, Cherry says he wasn't willing to accept Sportsnet's conditions to have him return following his "Coach's Corner" segment on "Hockey Night in Canada" on Nov. 9.

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