Bobby Orr comes to the defence of Don Cherry | Offside

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Cherry's rant focused on Canadian immigrants who don't wear poppies - a symbol used on Remembrance Day in England, Canada, among other countries, that is sold to raise funds for serviceman, a tradition that began shortly after the conclusion of World War I.

On his Coach's Nook remark about "you people" who "come here" to get pleasure from our lifestyle and "milk and honey", Orr mentioned not as soon as did he suppose it was meant to be racist. "What they've completed to him up there would possibly be disgraceful". "Everybody in Canada should wear a poppy to honor our fallen soldiers". "These guys paid to your each day life that you just expertise in Canada. These guys paid the biggest price".

The legendary blue-liner came to the 85-year-old's defense Thursday.

Sportsnet released a statement saying Cherry's comments were offensive and do not represent the network's values.

Cherry has not apologized for his comments, but told CBC News that he blames his firing on poor word choice.

"I can't see Don wanting any part of that", he said.

Later Thursday, Cherry sent out a tweet saying, "Just want to thank everybody for all the support and kind words".


I didn't hear or see anything wrong with it.

Cherry has worked as a broadcaster for almost 40 years following a career as an National Hockey League player and head coach.

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi wouldn't say if he agreed with Sportsnet's decision, but was quick to express admiration for a man he calls a family friend. "Don Cherry is a good man and to do this to him is disgusting". "I always have, always will", Domi said, on Tuesday after the team's morning skate. Don is synonymous with hockey and has played an integral role in growing the game over the past 40 years. We grew up looking up to a guy like that, watching Coach's Corner and stuff.

Garas also confirmed that Saturday night's first intermission will highlight the 2019 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees.

When asked about MacLean in an interview with Newstalk 1010 radio in Toronto, Cherry said: "The only thing I can say about that is I'm disappointed".

Cherry, who refused to accept any wrongdoing Monday after being dismissed by the network, said he meant to apologize on the next edition of "Coach's Corner". "I think everyone would wish something like this didn't happen and didn't come to these types of circumstances".

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