Don Cherry has apparently received the boot from Sportsnet up in Canada:
— Joe Warmington (@joe_warmington) November 11, 2019
Don Cherry is no longer with Rogers/HNIC
— John Shannon (@JShannonhl) November 11, 2019
If you’re not a hockey person, Cherry is the dude who wears the ridiculous suits and sometimes says ridiculous things (like calling the Carolina Hurricanes a “bunch of jerks”). He’s 85 years old, a former NHL player himself who also coached the Boston Bruins in the mid-70s.
Cherry found himself in headlines again because he went on a mini-rant against immigrants a few days ago. Long story short, countries like Canada, Australia, and the UK celebrate something called “Remembrance Day,” which honors armed forces members who died in the line of duty. They wear these symbolic poppy pins, and that was the topic of his comments.
Said Cherry on TV:
Don Cherry’s rant on immigrants:
“You people… love our way of life, love our milk and honey. At least you could pay a couple of bucks for poppies or something like that. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada.”
Ron MacLean nodded and gave a thumbs up. pic.twitter.com/OXnIwV1n9T
— Rosa Hwang (@journorosa) November 10, 2019
He’s basically saying Canadian immigrants are ungrateful. “You people,” etc.
The backlash was strong and now he’s been #canceled.