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Sports On new podcast, Don Cherry addresses Sportsnet's decision to fire him

18:48  19 november  2019
18:48  19 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.

Don Cherry , Canada' s most polarizing, flamboyant and opinionated hockey commentator, was fired Monday for calling immigrants "you people" in a television rant in which he said new immigrants are not honoring the country' s fallen soldiers. Rogers Sportsnet President Bart Yabsley announced.

Ron MacLean addresses Don Cherry ’ s firing as ‘Coach’ s Corner’ is discontinued. With Cherry ’ s firing , his “Coach’ s Corner” segment has been discontinued, a Sportsnet spokesman told The Post and MacLean acknowledged The network intends to “explore new formats” for the first intermission.

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 28:  Don Cherry speaks with press prior to receiving the Hockey Legacy Award at the Sports Museum 'The Tradition' annual gala at TD Garden on November 28, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.  2018 honorees included Richard Petty, Jim Lonborg, Don Cherry, Paul Pierce, Julie Foudy and Deion Branch.  (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)© 2018 Paul Marotta BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 28: Don Cherry speaks with press prior to receiving the Hockey Legacy Award at the Sports Museum 'The Tradition' annual gala at TD Garden on November 28, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. 2018 honorees included Richard Petty, Jim Lonborg, Don Cherry, Paul Pierce, Julie Foudy and Deion Branch. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images) 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.

Vancouver Canucks captain says 'no place' in hockey for Don Cherry's comments

  Vancouver Canucks captain says 'no place' in hockey for Don Cherry's comments The Vancouver hockey community had mixed reactions to the dismissal of Don Cherry. The Canucks criticized his comments about immigrants, but others feel his punishment was too harsh.Sportsnet cut ties with the controversial broadcaster after Cherry's comments targeting immigrants for not wearing poppies were widely criticized.

Sportsnet dismissed hockey commentator Don Cherry after anti-immigrant comments during Saturday’ s broadcast. Cherry sneered at Toronto and its surrounding communities for not purchasing poppies ahead of Remembrance Day, snarling at “you people” in an unprompted, unprovoked rant on

Don Cherry , the colorfully dressed fixture of “Hockey Night in Canada” broadcasts, was fired on Jagmeet Singh, a Sikh who leads the federal New Democratic Party, posted a photograph of his Cherry didn’t find much support from hockey’ s establishment, either. Before firing him , Sportsnet

"What happened was evidently I said something. Everybody knows what I said," Cherry said. "I offered to explain. Not an apology, but I was going to smooth it over. They made conditions that made it impossible (for him) to do it. I just couldn't do it. I guess I bit the bullet."

The 27-minute podcast featured Cherry and his son, Tim. They said they plan to make it a weekly podcast.

The 85-year-old broadcaster made comments on "Coach's Corner" that many felt were critical of immigrants for not wearing Remembrance Day poppies. Cherry used the phrase, 'You people,' during the segment but later denied that he was singling out minorities.

Cherry said he talked about many other subjects during the final "Coach's Corner."

"Nothing was mentioned about that. Nothing. Just two little words seemed to set everybody off," Cherry said. "But, hey, that's the way life is. I lived in a vicious world and I lasted 38 years. Happy to be there for 38 years. If I gotta go, I'm glad I'm going out on my shield."

Canucks' Horvat: Cherry's comments have 'no place' in hockey

  Canucks' Horvat: Cherry's comments have 'no place' in hockey Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat agrees with Sportsnet's decision to fire Don Cherry after the longtime host of "Coach's Corner" went on a divisive rant about immigrants not wearing poppies during his most recent segment on Saturday. "He's been in the game for a long time and he's been around, but at the same time hockey's supposed to bring people together and there's no place for stuff like that," Horvat said, according to CBC's Eva"He's been in the game for a long time and he's been around, but at the same time hockey's supposed to bring people together and there's no place for stuff like that," Horvat said, according to CBC's Eva Uguen-Csenge.

Don Cherry , who was fired by Sportsnet over a controversial remark viewed as anti-immigrant, will start a Grapevine podcast with his son and grandson. Don Cherry , fired from his "Hockey Night in Canada" segment over a controversial remark, tweeted last week, "You'll be hearing from me soon."

Don Cherry fired by Sportsnet following xenophobic comments. The former Bruins coach has lost his job Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat agrees with Sportsnet ' s decision to fire Don Cherry after the longtime Ron MacLean addresses Don Cherry ’ s firing on ‘ Hockey Night in Canada ’.

Tim Cherry also was critical of Sportsnet.

"It's a different world out there with the cancel culture," he said. "They had their eyes set on you, they had their guns set on you I think this year for sure. I think there was a lot of fake outrage."

Don Cherry said he has received support from many people. He said truck drivers have given him the thumbs-up and fire-fighters have beeped their horns to show their support.

"Evidently I said something that upset Sportsnet and they canned me and I'm now unemployed except for doing this beautiful podcast," he said.

Most of the podcast focused on Cherry's memories of his coaching career and Maurice (Rocket) Richard.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 19, 2019.

The Canadian Press

Cherry to release 'Grapevine' podcast .
Don Cherry will soon have a new platform. The 85-year-old will release a podcast called "Grapevine," Cherry told the Toronto Sun's Joe Warmington. Cherry was fired by Sportsnet last week for making offensive comments about immigrants during "Coach's Corner" on Nov. 9. "You people that come here, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple of bucks for poppies or something like that," Cherry said. CherryThe 85-year-old will release a podcast called "Grapevine," Cherry told the Toronto Sun's Joe Warmington.

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