WITH FINAL UPDATE AT THE END!
On Monday, legendary Canadian broadcaster Don Cherry was fired by Rogers Sportsnet for making divisive comments about immigrants and newcomers to Canada who do not wear a poppy to show support for Canadian veterans.
“You people … you love our way of life, love our milk and honey. 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.”
Those words generated enough outrage online to the point where Rogers felt they had no choice but to dismiss Cherry from his job. Just a day earlier though, Sportsnet issued an apology to fans but… well it wasn’t enough. Cherry’s long-time Coach’s Corner sidekick Ron MacLean also offered up an apology ahead of Cherry’s firing and actively distanced himself from Cherry.
Cherry himself admitted that he was a bit hurt by MacLean’s words and by the fact that his partner wouldn’t stick up for him, but he doesn’t hold it against his long-time friend.
However, guilt might have been too much for MacLean. Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun has just reported that MacLean may not be on Hockey Night In Canada tomorrow night and is considering leaving the show.
It is believed that he would like to stay on Hometown Hockey on Sunday’s and separate himself from the Saturday show.
This might be the smarter move for MacLean. We will know more once this is confirmed by MacLean himself or the broadcasting network.