Sportsnet apologized late Sunday morning for Don Cherry's remarks at the hockey show Coach's Corner broadcast Saturday night. According to the network, Mr. Cherry's remarks are discriminatory and offensive, and do not represent the values of Sportsnet.
Don Cherry had complained on the air that he rarely saw those he thought were new immigrants wearing poppies before Remembrance Day.
The famous CBC Network Hockey Analyst made this statement as part of his weekly segment Coach's Corner broadcast during the broadcast Hockey Night in Canada, Saturday night. Don Cherry, 85, took the microphone to say that few immigrants in Toronto wear a poppy in honor of fallen Canadian soldiers.
You like our way of life, you love our milk and our honey, at least you can pay a few dollars for a poppy or something like that. These guys paid for your lifestyle that you love in Canada, they paid the high price.
The reactions on the web did not take long. Alberta's independent Senator Paula Simons is one of those who responded to the Octogenarian's remarks.
What the hockey analyst said is wrong, she wrote, adding that she does not find that newcomers wear the poppy less than others or that they do not appreciate the tragedies of war . She further condemned the sentiment that "hides" behind Mr. Cherry's remarks.
We do not honor the sacrifice of those who died in battle by sowing division or mistrust, she said.
Don Cherry made his comment before presenting his annual Remembrance Day video montage, where he is seen walking around a military cemetery in France, visiting the graves of Canadian soldiers who went to battle during the First World War.
The Royal Canadian Legion sells poppies every year, from the last Friday of October to Remembrance Day, November 11, to raise funds to support veterans and their families across Canada.