Hockey icon Cherry fired for immigrant comments


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Don Cherry, an iconic Canadian hockey commentator, has been fired by Sportsnet for his on-air remarks on Saturday that alleged that the country's immigrants don't properly honor fallen soldiers.Cherry, 85, used his "Coach's Corner" segment on "Hockey Night In Canada" to criticize individuals who didn't wear poppy pins leading up the nation's Remembrance Day. The pins are sold by veterans groups and are worn to symbolically honor those who served."I live in Mississauga [Ontario]. We would like to thank Don for his contributions to hockey and sports broadcasting in Canada."Yabsley had already apologized for Cherry's comments in a statement Sunday, writing that "Don's discriminatory comments are offensive and they do not represent our values and what we stand for as a network. We're all Canadians and wear our poppies proudly," she said.Cherry's longtime co-host Ron MacLean, who gave a "thumbs-up" to Cherry's comments during that segment, offered apologies on social media and on the air during Sunday's Sportsnet NHL coverage: "Don Cherry made remarks which were hurtful, discriminatory, which were flat out wrong.

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