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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

Don Cherry has to go

  Don Cherry has to go For hockey’s culture to better itself, it needs to move on from one of its figureheadsThere’s probably very little that I could write about Don Cherry’s career that you haven’t read before. He’s a fan of “old school”, rough and tumble hockey. He’s unapologetic about his abrasive opinions and his loud suits. He’s an unabashed homer for the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He’s said some highly controversial things over the years, and your mileage will vary as to how much you love or hate what he has to say. I’m not breaking new ground here, and I’m not particularly interested in re-litigating all of the little battles that have been fought over the years.

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

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

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.

'Should have never let him stay that long': Don Cherry's firing seemed both inevitable and impossible

  'Should have never let him stay that long': Don Cherry's firing seemed both inevitable and impossible Don Cherry, a controversial hockey icon who was once named the seventh greatest Canadian in history, was fired Monday, two days after he delivered a confusing rant about poppies and newcomers on Hockey Night In Canada. The 85-year-old former hockey coach and minor league player has for decades been the defining face of hockey broadcasting in this country. Known for his garish suits and folksy manner, he embodied a particular vision of the English Canadian ideal: hard working, gritty, violent and, time and again, intolerant of outsiders.

19 November 2019 ·. 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.

Less than 10 days ago, Sportsnet fired commentator Don Cherry following his on-air comments about new The first episode of the 85-year-old Cherry ’ s podcast will drop Tuesday morning and will be available on a He’ s reportedly going to address his own firing from Sportsnet on the first episode.

"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."

Don Cherry Was Fired Over Xenophobic Rant & Many Quebecers Are Wondering What Took So Long

  Don Cherry Was Fired Over Xenophobic Rant & Many Quebecers Are Wondering What Took So Long The longtime "Hockey Night in Canada" host was fired over comments he made about immigrants.After an outcry from the public, including public apologies from fellow co-host Ron Maclean and Roger's Sportsnet, Cherry was dismissed from a position he's held for over 30 hockey seasons. Cherry is known for his unapologetic and often divisive style on Hockey Night in Canada. For years, he's been highly critical of players he doesn't consider to be "good Canadian boys.

After being fired by Sportsnet for his comments during his previously weekly ‘Coach’ s Corner’ segment, Don Cherry has decided to create a new podcast , called ‘Grapevine,’ according to Joe Warmington of the Toronto The first episode will purportedly address Don ’ s removal from Sportsnet .

Cherry ’ s latest venture — a podcast , of course — launched this week with the inaugural episode of “DC’ s Grapevine” hitting the airwaves on Tuesday. As one would expect, it only took minutes for Cherry to riff on his firing from Rogers Sportsnet , which has dominated the news cycle over the past week

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

'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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