It's been a crazy last 48hrs in the hockey world regarding Don Cherry. 

The former player and coach has held a segment in Canada for decades called "Coach's Corner" where he usually gives his takes on hockey. 

Cherry's takes on hockey can be controversial as he's very "old school", however this weekend he got himself into some trouble for some comments regarding Remembrance Day. 

"You people you come here 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 during the controversial segment. "These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price."

After the comments, there was an uproar on social media calling the comments "racist" and both Sportsnet and Cherry's co-host, Ron MacLean publicly apologized, however Cherry refused to

Cherry was fired earlier today and he's now decided to comment about the firing with Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun. 

“I have just learned I’ve been fired by Sportsnet for comments made on Coach’s Corner Nov. 9,” Cherry told Warmington. “No problem.”

“I know what I said and I meant it. Everybody in Canada should wear a poppy to honour our fallen soldiers.”

“I speak the truth and I walk the walk,” he said. “I have visited the bases of the troops, been to Afghanistan with our brave soldiers at Christmas, been to cemeteries of our fallen around the world and honoured our fallen troops on Coach’s Corner.”

“To keep my job, I cannot be turned into a tamed robot,” said Cherry." I would have liked to continue doing Coach’s Corner. The problem is if I have to watch everything I say, it isn’t Coach’s Corner.”

“I want to thank everyone who has watched Coach’s Corner over the last 35 years,” he said.

His final message.

“Remember to wear your poppy to honour our fallen soldiers … Thumbs up.”


Source: Toronto Sun