Don Cherry removed from Sportsnet following you people rant on Hockey Night in Canada – CTV News

Don Cherry removed from Sportsnet following \you people\ rant on Hockey Night in Canada - CTV News
Complaints about Don Cherrys you people remark overwhelm broadcast standards body
Don Cherry has been removed from Sportsnet following a rant on Saturdays Hockey Night in Canada in which he implied that immigrants in Toronto are not paying their respects to Canadian veterans by wearing poppies.

On this weeks Coachs Corner segment, the 85-year-old said that hes less frequently seeing people wearing poppies anymore to honour fallen Canadian soldiers.

"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. "These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price."

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In a statement released Monday afternoon, the president of Sportsnet said that Cherrys comments do not represent our values or what we stand for.

“My Montserrat-born and bred grandfather signed up for the RAF and served as a tailor, for that was as far as they would let that young Black man serve,” Greg Fergus wrote in his Twitter account in the hours after Cherry’s comments. “Because of that service, he was able to bring his young family to Canada.

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

Ron MacLean, Cherry’s on-air sidekick who had nodded and given a thumbs up during the remarks, also issued an apology, saying the comments were “were hurtful and prejudiced and I wish I had handled myself differently. It was a divisive moment and I am truly upset with myself for allowing it.”

The firing of Cherry comes hours after the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC), the agency that deals with viewer and listener complaints across Canada, put a statement on their website saying their technical processing capacities have been exceeded.

Sportsnet fires Don Cherry after negative comments about immigrants

"The CBSC has received a large number of very similar complaints concerning Coachs Corner broadcast on CBC (Sportsnet) on Nov. 9, 2019," the statement said.

"While the CBSC will be dealing with this broadcast under its normal process, it is not able to accept any further complaints."

34m ago Don Cherry no longer on Hockey Night In Canada Hockey commentator Don Cherry has been let go by Rogers Sportsnet. The company made the announcement on Monday following Cherrys comments on Coachs Corner that appeared to single out new immigrants in the Greater Toronto Area for not showing deference for the Canadian armed forces by wearing poppies. TSN.ca Staff

The National Hockey League, Sportsnet and co-host Ron MacLean have all issued statements condemning what Cherry said on the program. Cherry has not commented thus far. 

“Don Cherry made remarks which were hurtful, discriminatory, which were flat out wrong … I owe you an apology, too. I sat there, did not catch it, did not respond,” MacLean said. “Last night was a really great lesson to Don and me. We were wrong, and I sincerely apologize. I wanted to thank you for calling me and Don on that last night.”

Hockey Night in Canada was a longtime CBC Saturday night staple, but the show and its games moved to Sportsnet when Rogers landed a 12-year, $5.2 billion national broadcast rights deal with the NHL that began in 2014.

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The show is still broadcast on CBC in a sub-licensing deal with Rogers Media, which owns Sportsnet. But the show is run by Sportsnet and filmed in its studio in the CBC building in Toronto.

"As Rogers Sportsnet is the national rights holder for NHL Hockey in Canada, CBC has no purview over any editorial (choice of commentators or what they say) with respect to Hockey Night in Canada," CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson said in an email.

1. Don Cherry comments: Sportsnet has apologized for swift backlash from the public and the NHL over Don Cherrys televised rant about his belief that new immigrants dont wear poppies and dont support veterans.

Don Cherry has been removed from Sportsnet following a rant on Saturdays Hockey Night in Canada in which he implied that immigrants in Toronto are not paying their respects to Canadian veterans by wearing poppies.

On this Remembrance Day, Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry is making news for all the wrong reasons, and it’s too bad, because ‘Grapes’ is a staunch supporter of Canada’s war veterans and Royal Canadian Legions and that’s where the focus should be.

"I hope that all Canadians can learn from the sacrifices of the brave women and men of the Canadian Forces have made and continue to make for each and every one of us. Canadians know that diversity is our strength and our proud military history shows that," he wrote.

Instead, the bombastic hockey commentator crossed the line, as he tends to do, on Saturday night when he ranted about people who have immigrated to Canada and (allegedly) don’t wear poppies at this time of year.

I hope that all Canadians can learn from the sacrifices the brave women and men of the @CanadianForces have made & continue to make for each and everyone of us. Canadians know that diversity is our strength and our proud military history shows that. #LestWeForget 7/7

“You people that come here, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple of bucks for poppies or something like that,” said Cherry. “These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada.”

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Cherry’s commentary was abhorrent, racist and xenophobic and — to no one’s surprise — were met with a tidal wave of criticism.

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“Don’s discriminatory comments are offensive and they do not represent our values and what we stand for as a network. We have spoken with Don about the severity of this issue and we sincerely apologize for these divisive remarks,” said Sportsnet President Bart Yabsley.

This isn’t the first time that Cherry has been condemned his comments during his weekly ‘Coach’s Corner’ segment alongside Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean, but if Yabsley and the other higher ups at Sportsnet truly believe Cherry’s comments don’t represent their ‘values’ and what the network stands for, then shouldn’t Grapes pay the price?

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I think we can all agree that Cherry is still employed because his controversial style continues to draw viewers, but as of Sunday afternoon there had been no apology from the longtime hockey commentator and no penalty announced by the network.

If Sportsnet has no plans to fire Cherry, as some people are demanding, the network should at least suspend him for a show, or two.