Hockey commentator Don Cherry, 85, is fired over his TV rant about immigrants

Mail Online | 11/11/2019 | Associated Press
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Don Cherry, Canada's most polarizing, flamboyant and opinionated hockey commentator, was fired Monday for calling immigrants 'you people' in a television rant in which he said new immigrants are not honoring the country's fallen soldiers.

Rogers Sportsnet President Bart Yabsley announced the decision following discussions with the 85-year-old broadcaster.

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'It has been decided it is the right time for him to immediately step down,' Yabsley said in a statement. 'During the broadcast, he made divisive remarks that do not represent our values or what we stand for.'

Cherry derided immigrants by saying Saturday night, '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. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.'

Tradition - Poppies - Canada - Honors - Country

The tradition of wearing poppies in Canada honors the country's war dead on Remembrance Day, which was observed Monday.

Cherry has provided commentary following the first intermission of 'Hockey Night in Canada' for more than three decades.

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Known for his outlandish suits, Cherry often mangled the names of foreign-born players over the years and occasionally weighed in with thoughts on politics.

'Don is synonymous with hockey and has played an integral role in growing the game,' Yabsley said. 'We would like to thank Don for his contributions to hockey and sports broadcasting in Canada.'

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The National Hockey League said in a statement that Cherry's remarks were 'offensive and contrary to the values we believe in.'

Cherry has not apologized for his remarks. Longtime segment co-host Ron MacLean apologized Sunday evening.

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'Don Cherry made remarks that were hurtful, discriminatory, where flat-out wrong,' MacLean said. 'I owe you an apology too. That's the big thing I want to emphasize. I sat there, I did not catch it., I did...
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