Cherry’s ‘you people’ rant on Coach’s Corner cost the commentator and former Bruins coach his job.
He singled out new immigrants last for not wearing poppies to honour Canada’s veterans and dead soldiers, which resulted in public outcry.
“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. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price,” said Cherry live.
On Monday, Sportsnet announced his removal, writing: “Sports brings people together — it unites us, not divides us,” the statement from Bart Yabsley, Sportsnet president, said. “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,” to Twitter.
“During the broadcast, he made divisive remarks that do not represent our values or what we stand for. Don is synonymous with hockey and has played an integral role in growing the game over the past 40 years. We would like to thank Don for his contributions to hockey and sports broadcasting in Canada.”
Cherry, however, has chosen to stick by his sentiment, telling the Toronto Sun Monday that he meant every word he said.