By Lewis Gould
Canadian hockey commentator Don Cherry has been fired after making a racially inflamed remark during Saturday’s broadcast.
“Sports brings people together – it unites us, not divides us,” Sportsnet president Bart Yabsley said in a release. “Following further discussions with Don Cherry after Saturday night’s broadcast, it has been decided that it is the right time for him to immediately step down. During the broadcast, he made divisive remarks that do not represent our values or what we stand for.”
Cherry, who coached the Boston Bruins for five seasons in the 1970s, had doing the Coach’s Corner segment with Ron MacLean on Hockey Night in Canada for 35 seasons.
On Saturday’s broadcast, Cherry accused immigrants of not respecting Canada’s tradition of wearing poppies to honor military heroes:
“You people … love our way of life, love our milk and honey,” Cherry said. “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.”