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Sport Kadri defends Cherry: 'People maybe took it out of context a little bit'

02:05  13 november  2019
02:05  13 november  2019 Source:   thescore.com

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Kadri has a bit of a history with Cherry , though. As a 22-year-old with the Toronto Maple Leafs, he appeared on-air alongside Cherry and Ron MacLean in 2013. Cherry famously kissed Kadri on the cheek, just as he did to Doug Gilmour 20 years earlier. Kadri 's father immigrated to Canada with his

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"(Cherry) has been there for so long, it's going to be hard to see (Hockey Night in Canada) without him. That's definitely unfortunate," Kadri told the Denver Post's Kyle Fredrickson. "I know Grapes and I don't think it came across like everyone is making it sound. I think with what he said, it was maybe just said incorrectly. People maybe took it out of context a little bit. I know Grapes is a great person and am sad to see him go."

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People maybe took it out of context a little bit . I know Grapes is a great person and I’m sad to see him go.” Kadri continued his response by reflecting on how hockey has become more diverse since Cherry made his first appearance on national television.

People maybe took it out of context a little bit ,” he said. The point: Kadri was at the forefront of Muslims and hockey long before Cherry ’s monologue about immigrants and Canadian Remembrance Day. What Kadri told me is crystal clear: He’s proud to be who he is.

Cherry, a longtime supporter of the Canadian troops, went on a rant during Saturday's edition of "Coach's Corner" about the country's immigrants not wearing poppies to honor Canada's veterans.

"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 on Hockey Night in Canada. He didn't apologize for his comments in the days following, adding "I know what I said and I meant it."

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Other NHLers took a different stance than Kadri, including Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat, who said Cherry's comments have "no place" in hockey.

Kadri has a bit of a history with Cherry, though. As a 22-year-old with the Toronto Maple Leafs, he appeared on-air alongside Cherry and Ron MacLean in 2013. Cherry famously kissed Kadri on the cheek, just as he did to Doug Gilmour 20 years earlier.

Kadri's father immigrated to Canada with his parents in the 1960s.

"The sport brings everyone together with the team values and the work ethic," Kadri said. "It taught me a lot about those two things. Now, I go watch my little cousins play in their youth development programs and there are a variety of ethnicities on their team. When I was growing up, I was kind of the only one. It’s good to see now."

Cherry, 85, had held his job since 1981.

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