Don Cherry has been fired from Sportsnet after making controversial comments about immigrants on-air Saturday evening.
Cherry, 85, criticized the decreasing amount of Canadians wearing poppies to honor fallen Canadian soldiers on Remembrance Day, singling out Toronto immigrants.
“You people . . . you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy or something like that,” Cherry said on his show, Coach's Corner. “These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.”
Sportsnet, the Canadian sports network, released a statement Monday announcing that Cherry would be stepping down.
Statement from Sportsnet: pic.twitter.com/ah3twdx9po— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 11, 2019
Ron MacLean, Cherry's co-host, apologized Sunday on his own show, Hometown Hockey, for Cherry's comments.
“Don Cherry made remarks which were hurtful, discriminatory — which were flat out wrong," MacLean said.
Cherry, the host of Coach's Corner since 1982, has been a prominent hockey personality for decades.
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