Longtime Canadian hockey commentator Don Cherry has been fired after making derogatory remarks about immigrants during a recent segment on his show “Coach’s Corner.”
Over the weekend, Cherry voiced his complaints regarding new immigrants into his hometown of Mississauga. Cherry claimed that not enough of them wear poppies to commemorate Remembrance Day.
“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, via CP24.com. “These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.”
After a public outcry, Sportsnet announced today that the 85-year-old Cherry was longer employed by the company.
“Sports brings people together–it unites us, not divides us,” Sportsnet president Bart Yabsley said in a statement. “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. During the broadcast, he made divisive remarks that do not represent our values of what we stand for.”
Statement from Sportsnet: pic.twitter.com/LRKrww0AQ1
— Sportsnet PR (@SportsnetPR) November 11, 2019
Cherry is no stranger to controversial remarks, having drawn the ire of many over the years.
This time, he said enough to seal his ouster.