Sportsnet has apologized after hockey commentator Don Cherry complained on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada Broadcast that he rarely sees people he believes are immigrants wearing poppies ahead of Remembrance Day, which sparked controversy among NHL fans.
Sportsnet president Bart Yabsley said that Cherry’s comments are offensive and discriminatory and added that he has spoken to Cherry about the consequences of his comments.
The Hockey Night in Canada personality made the remarks during his weekly Coach’s Corner segment, singled out new immigrants in Toronto and Mississauga, Ontario, where he lives, for not honoring Canada’s veterans and dead soldiers.
Cherry did not comment when asked to respond to Saturday night’s comments.
Cherry’s comments have been called “despicable, ignorant, and prejudiced” by province officials across Ontario.
Rumors swirled about the possibility of Cherry being fired from Coach’s Corner earlier this year after a Toronto Sun columnist wrote that his return to the show had not been confirmed by the summer. Cherry shot that rumor down late last season.
By Harrison Brown