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Sports Small group of Cherry supporters protest his firing outside Rogers headquarters

22:05  13 november  2019
22:05  13 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Hockey commentator Don Cherry does a television interview before the Tampa Bay Rays MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 13, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.© Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images Hockey commentator Don Cherry does a television interview before the Tampa Bay Rays MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 13, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. TORONTO — About 20 people gathered peacefully outside Rogers headquarters on Wednesday afternoon to protest the firing of hockey commentator Don Cherry.

Some Cherry supporters stood silently on the sidewalk with Canadian flags while others raised placards in the air. One sign said 'Cancel culture is wrong,' while another said, 'Rogers cancels Don, we cancel Rogers.'

There were just as many media members as protesters on the downtown sidewalk outside the building.

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The event was organized in the aftermath of Sportsnet's decision to fire Cherry for his comments on "Coach's Corner" during last Saturday's "Hockey Night in Canada." Many felt Cherry was critical of immigrants for not wearing poppies. Cherry has insisted he was not criticizing immigrants.

During the protest, some motorists honked in support of the effort. A couple Toronto Police cruisers sat across the road.

Some curious Rogers employees took pictures from the second-floor food court overlooking the building entrance.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 13, 2019.

The Canadian Press

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Long-time sports broadcaster Ron MacLean was in Edmonton Tuesday to receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Alberta. MacLean's visit to Edmonton comes in the midst of a nation-wide controversy: his Hockey Night in Canada co-host Don Cherry was fired by Sportsnet following comments where Cherry appeared to say newcomers to Canada don't wear poppies. MacLean faced criticism for not intervening as his on-air partner made the comments, but made an apology shortly after the incident, saying Cherry's words were "hurtful and discriminatory.

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