Commentator slammed for 'despicable' Remembrance Day remarks

Chris Young
Sports Reporter

A hockey commentator in Canada has been slammed for a ‘despicable’ on-air diatribe where he suggested immigrants were not honouring the country’s fallen servicemen and women.

Don Cherry, an 85-year-old veteran broadcaster for Sportsnet, claimed immigrants in Canada were not wearing poppies for Remembrance Day during his regular ‘Coach’s Corner’ segment.

Backlash came swiftly after Cherry seemed to single out immigrants living in Toronto.

“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.

Former Boston Bruins coach turned media commentator Don Cherry has been slammed for his comments about immigrants. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

“These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.”

Viewers took to social media to denounce Cherry’s segment, while Sportsnet president Bart Yabsley issued an apology and the NHL distanced themselves from Cherry’s comments.

Much of the outrage centred around the fact that while the broadcaster had apologised for the segment, Cherry himself was yet to do so.

Sportsnet president Yabsley said Cherry’s remarks did not reflect the broadcaster’s attitude towards Canadian society.

“Don’s discriminatory comments are offensive and they do not represent our values and what we stand for as a network,” he said.

“We have spoken with Don about the severity of this issue and we sincerely apologise for these divisive remarks.”

The NHL also issued a statement condemning Cherry’s comments.

“Hockey is at its best when it brings people together,” the league statement read.

“The comments made last night were offensive and contrary to the values we believe in.”