Sportsnet has confirmed that Don Cherry has been fired from Hockey Night in Canada over recent remarks that caused uproar.
Don Cherry, 85, has been fired from Hockey Night in Canada due to recent remarks that upset the nation of Canada. He made comments about new immigrants in Toronto and Mississauga, Ont., where he lives, for not honouring Canada’s veterans and dead soldiers.
“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,” Cherry said Saturday night. “These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.”
It has been reported that Don Cherry is upset that he is fired, but even more disappointed that it occurred on “Remembrance Day” in Canada.
— Joe Warmington (@joe_warmington) November 11, 2019
Sportsnet on Twitter sent a statement that it was “the right time” for him to step down immediately. Sportsnet said they do not align with the remarks made by Don Cherry.
“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.
“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.”
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— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 11, 2019
The NHL also chimed in to state they were in disagreement with the iconic sportscaster saying it was “offensive and contrary to the values we believe in.”