MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Don Cherry refuses to apologize for his controversial speech on new immigrants who do not wear poppies, claiming that he could have kept his job as co-host of "Coach's Corner" s ". he had agreed to become "a tamed robot that no one would recognize. "
Sportsnet severed ties with the long-time co-host of the Hockey Night in Canada segment, stating in a statement that after discussions with Cherry, it had been decided that it was the "right time for him to immediately withdraw.
In an interview with Toronto-based radio station KISS 92.5, Cherry said he was holding what he said in his speech Saturday night and that he still believed everyone in Canada should wear a poppy to honor fallen soldiers.
"It does not make sense. If you see what I said, I did not say immigrants, but everyone, "he said, adding that his remarks were about English, Scottish, Irish immigrants or anything else. newcomer.
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"In one way or another, it has been misinterpreted. I visited the armed forces, the bases, I was in Afghanistan at Christmas and I walked, and I wanted to say every word that I said and I do not take it back, "continued Cherry. "If I have to turn into a tamed robot to keep my job, I do not think people would like that. I refuse to bang and I am fired. "
When Maurie Sherman, who was leading the interview, asked Cherry what he had to say to those who wanted to send it back, Cherry replied, "F- 'em.
Organizations such as the Royal Canadian Legion, Budweiser and the NHL have all described the remarks as hurtful and divisive. Posters with Cherry's face and the words "unwanted" also appeared in Ladner.
The replacement to the long-time commentator is not known, and Cherry himself said he had no immediate plan, but had received an offer in Russia. He added that he received many phone calls and supporting texts.
Rogers, owner of Sportsnet, is also the parent company of this radio station and its website.