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Sport Don Cherry fired by Sportsnet following xenophobic comments

22:45  11 november  2019
22:45  11 november  2019 Source:   bostonglobe.com

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

  Ron MacLean apologizes for mishandling Cherry's 'flat-out wrong' remarks 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." MacLean spoke ahead of Sportsnet's hockey broadcast, claiming accountability for allowing Cherry to make such comments. #UPDATE: Coach's Corner co-host Ron MacLean has apologized to Canadians for the comments Don Cherry made regarding immigrants, saying in part, "I satMacLean spoke ahead of Sportsnet's hockey broadcast, claiming accountability for allowing Cherry to make such comments.

Former Bruins coach Don Cherry has been fired from his position on Canadian television network Sportsnet after making xenophobic comments on air Saturday night, the Toronto Sun is reporting.

TORONTO, ON - MARCH 17: Don Cherry's Irish themed jacked for the St. Patrick's Day show. The meet around 530 pm to figure out what they will talk about and what clips to be shown. Behind the scenes at Hockey Night in Canada with broadcaster Ron MacLean and hockey guru Don Cherry.        (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)© Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images TORONTO, ON - MARCH 17: Don Cherry's Irish themed jacked for the St. Patrick's Day show. The meet around 530 pm to figure out what they will talk about and what clips to be shown. Behind the scenes at Hockey Night in Canada with broadcaster Ron MacLean and hockey guru Don Cherry. (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

The longtime broadcaster went on a rant about the lack of poppies he had seen leading up to Remembrance Day. In Canada, the flowers are traditionally worn in honor of veterans.

“I live in Mississauga,” Cherry said. “Nobody wears, very few people, wear a poppy. Downtown Toronto, forget it. Downtown Toronto nobody wears a poppy.

“Now you go to the small cities and you know, the rows on rows. You people love — you, that come here, whatever it is — you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey. At least you could pay a couple bucks for a poppy or something like that. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada. These guys paid the biggest price.”

The NHL apologized for Cherry’s comments on Sunday, saying: “Hockey is at its best when it brings people together. The comments made last night were offensive and contrary to values we believe in.”

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Katie McInerney can be reached at katie.mcinerney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @k8tmac.

Cherry says he would not apologize as condition for return .
TORONTO (AP) Hockey commentator Don Cherry says the network that fired him ''made it impossible'' for him to address the comments that led to his dismissal. © APWF FILE _ In this March 24, 2010, file photo, hockey personality Don Cherry, right, speaks during a news conference as actor Jared Keeso is displayed on a video screen while playing Cherry in the bio film "Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story" in Toronto. Sportsnet cut ties with Cherry on Monday, Nov.

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