•   
  •   
  •   

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

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

Sportsnet apologizes for Don Cherry's anti-immigrant comments

  Sportsnet apologizes for Don Cherry's anti-immigrant comments Sportsnet apologizes for Don Cherry's anti-immigrant commentsSportsnet president Bart Yabsley says Cherry's comments are offensive and discriminatory.

Jessica Allen in a yellow shirt© Provided by Canadian Press Enterprises Inc

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

NHL Power Rankings: Each team's biggest disappointment

  NHL Power Rankings: Each team's biggest disappointment NHL Power Rankings: Each team's biggest disappointment

"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.

"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."

Don Cherry rant 'way off base' but firing unfortunate, say some at Toronto rink

  Don Cherry rant 'way off base' but firing unfortunate, say some at Toronto rink A handful of people at a downtown rink say it's unfortunate that Canadian hockey commentator Don Cherry has been fired, but all agree his "You people" comments about new immigrants should not have been said. Billy Scott, a hockey dad, right, says: 'It's Don Cherry, you gotta love him. He is hockey.' A handful of people at a downtown rink say it's unfortunate Don Cherry has been fired, but all agree he shouldn't have made the "You people" comments about immigrants.

Earlier Thursday, the family of one of the 13 survivors of the April 2018 Humboldt Broncos bus crash said it would no longer speak with CTV because of Allen's comments.

Tom Straschnitzki, the father of Ryan Straschnitzki, who is paralyzed from the chest down, said if Cherry got fired for his comments, CTV should do the "right thing."

Earlier this week, Toby Boulet, whose son Logan died from injuries suffered in the crash, spoke out.

"How dare you! You do not know my son or the other sons on the Bronco bus. You are spreading assumptions on a national scope based upon your own personal experience. Do better CTV!" he said on Twitter.

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

Don Cherry's dismissal from Sportsnet a hot topic among Hockey Hall of Famers .
TORONTO — Hayley Wickenheiser says she appreciates what Don Cherry has done for the game of hockey. She says she also often disagreed with what the colourful hockey commentator had to say. The controversy surrounding Cherry's dismissal from Sportsnet was a hot topic among the members of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2019 at a media event Friday in advance of their Monday enshrinement. Cherry was fired Monday after nearly four decades co-hosting the popular "Coach's Corner" segment after making on-air comments which many felt were critical of immigrants for not wearing Remembrance Day poppies."It's been tough.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 3
This is interesting!