Don Cherry fired by Sportsnet following xenophobic comments

Don Cherry fired by Sportsnet following xenophobic comments

Sportsnet says that Cherry made divisive comments on Saturday night's broadcast of Hockey Night in Canada that does not represent their values or what Sportsnet stands for.

President of Sportsnet Bart Yabsley thanked Cherry for his contributions to hockey and sports broadcasting in Canada.

Long-time Canadian hockey coach and commentator Don Cherry was sacked from his weekly Hockey Night in Canada segment "Coach's Corner" Monday afternoon after controversy surrounding derogatory comments he made during a weekend broadcast reached a fever pitch.

Sportsnet's statement acknowledges that "Don is synonymous with hockey".

Cherry, 85, made the comments during his weekly "Coach's Corner" segment on "Hockey Night in Canada" that sparked fierce condemnation from the public, politicians and the National Hockey League.

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March 22, 2003 - Cherry entered into a heated debate with Coach's Corner co-host Ron MacLean about Canada's failure to join the war in Iraq.

Hockey Night in Canada used to be a long-time CBC Saturday night staple.

The firing of Cherry comes hours after the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC), the agency that deals with viewer and listener complaints across Canada, put a statement on their website saying their "technical processing capacities have been exceeded".

Outrage was building online on Sunday with many on Twitter calling for Cherry to be fired.

"To keep my job, I can not be turned into a tamed robot", added Cherry. We were wrong and I sincerely apologize.

MacLean said in a statement that Cherry's remarks were "hurtful, discriminatory" and that he wish he had responded differently on-air.

The update followed outpourings of both support and opposition on social media. But, last night I know we failed you.

In Quebec, this latest embarrassment just reinforced our long-held view that Cherry has no place in our lives and that lack of enthusiasm for the star of Coach's Corner is one thing that unites anglophone and francophone Quebecers.

"My Montserrat-born and bred grandfather signed up for the RAF and served as a tailor, for that was as far as they would let that young Black man serve", Greg Fergus wrote in his Twitter account in the hours after Cherry's comments.

There was no immediate word on who might replace Cherry on "Coach's Corner" or if the segment would continue in its current form.

"I owe you an apology too".

Cherry began his career as a broadcaster in 1981 with the Canadian Broadcasting Company.

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