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Sport Ron MacLean apologizes for mishandling Cherry's 'flat-out wrong' remarks

17:41  11 november  2019
17:41  11 november  2019 Source:   thescore.com

Don Cherry fired by Sportsnet following xenophobic comments

  Don Cherry fired by Sportsnet following xenophobic comments The former Bruins coach has lost his job after an on-air rant in which he appeared to take aim at immigrants.

“Don Cherry made remarks which were hurtful, discriminatory — which were flat - out wrong .” “We were wrong and I sincerely apologize and I wanted to thank you for calling me and Don on that last night.” Following Cherry ’ s statements, Sportsnet released an apology on Twitter Sunday morning

"Don Cherry made remarks which were hurtful, discriminatory, which were flat out wrong ," MacLean said on the air. "We at Sportsnet have apologized . Critics pointed out that the longtime HNIC co-host remained passive and silent during Cherry ' s rant and even offered a thumbs up when his

Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean issued an apology Sunday for the way he handled Don Cherry's comments toward Canadian immigrants on Saturday's edition of "Coach's Corner."

Ron MacLean holding a gun© Dave Sandford / National Hockey League / Getty

MacLean spoke ahead of Sportsnet's hockey broadcast, claiming accountability for allowing Cherry to make such comments.

"Don Cherry made remarks which were hurtful, discriminatory, which were flat-out wrong," MacLean said. " ... We know diversity is the strength of the country. We see it in the travels with our show and with Hockey Night in Canada.

"So I owe you an apology, too. That's the big thing that I want to emphasize. I sat there, did not catch it, did not respond."

With Remembrance Day nearing, Cherry criticized Canadian immigrants for apparently not purchasing enough poppies.

"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.

Following the remarks, MacLean simply nodded and gave a thumbs-up. In addition to his on-air apology, MacLean also took to Twitter to express his regret.

"I want to sincerely apologize to our viewers and Canadians. During last night's broadcast, Don made comments that were hurtful and prejudiced and I wish I had handled myself differently," he wrote. "It was a divisive moment and I am truly upset with myself for allowing it."

The NHL, Sportsnet, and Hockey Canada all issued statements Sunday condemning Cherry's remarks.

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