Don Cherry Doubles Down On Comments Regarding Toronto Immigrants

It’s time to say goodbye to Don Cherry and his xenophobic ways

It’s time to say goodbye to Don Cherry and his xenophobic ways

Cherry's comments about immigrants during his longstanding Coach's Corner segment of HNIC on Saturday, November 9 landed him in the hottest of all of the hot waters of his career.

Speaking with Toronto radio host Barb DiGiulio, Cherry first offered some context behind his controversial "you people." remarks, which sparked an aggressive campaign to have Cherry removed from his post with Hockey Night in Canada. "These guys pay for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada".

"The only thing I can say about that is I'm disappointed", Cherry said.

Cherry, who spent almost four decades as hockey's most colourful and controversial television personality, said he wasn't trying to single out any specific group when he said 'you people, ' and admitted that his choice of words was a mistake. The people that tune into Coach's Corner, I didn't want them to see a simp. But last night, I know we failed you. "I won't back down one bit".

"I guess a lot of people agreed with him when he said those kinds of things, but it's shameful. And I'm not apologizing, that's the way it is".

"I can see how it hurt some people, I can really see it".

Cherry did not respond to phone calls seeking comment and has not publicly apologized.

"I would rather go out on a high. I don't back down one bit saying that". "But it wasn't enough and they wanted me to do more and I wasn't prepared to do it, it's that simple", he said.

"We are talking about someone who has a very outmoded vision of what Canada and Quebec are", said interim Liberal leader Pierre Arcand.

Sportsnet confirmed on Monday that Cherry would no longer be on the air. In a statement announcing Cherry's dismissal, the network said his comments were "divisive" and "do not represent our values or what we stand for".

"Following further discussions with Don Cherry after Saturday night's broadcast, it has been decided it is the right time for him to immediately step down", the statement read.

Canadian conservative-minded hockey icon and broadcaster Don Cherry was let go by Sportsnet after making on-air comments over the weekend about people who come to Canada and partake of the country's "milk and honey" while refusing to wear the red poppy to honor those who gave their lives to pay for this "way of life".

Cherry also shared his thoughts on his long-time Coach's Corner co-host and good friend, Ron MacLean, who took huge heat for sitting idly by as Cherry went off on his now infamous "poppy" rant.

MacLean, Cherry's sidekick, was also apologetic. He's disrespected European players many times in the past, singled out Sidney Crosby and called the Carolina Hurricanes "a bunch of jerks" just a year ago for how they celebrated.

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