Published: Thu, November 14, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Don Cherry's racist rant doesn't receive support of Royal Canadian Legion

Don Cherry's racist rant doesn't receive support of Royal Canadian Legion

Known for his extravagant dress sense, Cherry wore a pink jacket to the event saying, "I'm wearing pinko for all the pinkos out there that ride bicycles and everything, I thought I'd get it in".

"Don's discriminatory comments are offensive and they do not represent our values and what we stand for as a network", he said. Bonnie Crombie, the mayor of Mississauga, the Toronto suburb where Cherry lives, called Cherry's remarks despicable.

Sportsnet issued an initial apology for Cherry's remarks last Sunday before opting to fire him a day later.

The website has released odds on candidates to replace Cherry and former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager, and current Sportsnet analyst, Brian Burke is the top choice at 3-2.

Considering the litany of incidents the man has survived, it is legitimately shocking that Sportsnet made a decision to fire him - or that he chose to step down, as it said in the official statement from network president Bart Yabsley.

The reaction to Cherry's odious comments came from all quarters and it was heartening to see how many were understandably outraged by his remarks.

Many social media users dismissed Cherry's comments as "prejudiced" and even "racist", calling for his resignation. "We're all Canadians and wear our poppies proudly".

"Don is synonymous with hockey and has played an integral role in growing the game", Yabsley said.

Montreal Gazette sports writer Stu Cowan said it was Cherry's failure to apologize that likely lead to his firing. "Now, all of the sudden, I'm not appreciating veterans".

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Cherry insisted he was just expressing how he feels about the lack of people donning poppies.

It was also something that plenty of hockey people, like Cassidy, can't get behind when one of the NHL's biggest initiatives right now is "Hockey is For Everyone" that should be welcoming everybody rather than seeking ways to divide. He didn't say it so eloquently but the support for our troops and our veterans, it's been well documented that he goes out of his way to show support and solidarity.

Criticism of Cherry's comments poured in quickly as video clips of the segment circulated online. He joined "Coach's Corner" in 1982 after retiring from the sport.

"I could've stayed on if I wanted to and knuckled under, and turned into a simp, but that's not my style", Cherry told Newstalk 1010. "I can't do that after 38 years".

Finding the right candidate is admittedly easier said than done. It's kind of unusual, to be unemployed halfway through the season - and of all days, Remembrance Day.

Cherry, however, denies he was singling out visible minorities.

"Hockey needs new Canadians. and Don Cherry has been preaching to one part of the church of hockey for a long time", he said.

Still, he admits, being fired on Remembrance Day does hurt "because I would have liked to continue doing Coach's Corner".

Cherry went on an impassioned rant directed at Canadian immigrants, referring to them as "You people that come here".

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