Don Cherry launches a new podcast after he was fired from Sportsnet
Don Cherry has a new platform in the form of a podcast. The former Coach's Corner co-host was dismissed after 38 years for "offensive and discriminatory" comments made during the Nov. 9 segment on Hockey Night in Canada.
"Evidently I said something that upset Sportsnet and they canned me," Cherry said during Tuesday's 30-minute launch of the Don Cherry Grapevine podcast with his son Tim. "I offered to explain [what I meant by my words] … not an apology but I was going to smooth it over. And they made conditions that made it impossible to do it. I just couldn't do it …"
On that broadcast, Cherry criticized people who don't wear Remembrance Day poppies using words many believed were aimed at Canadian immigrants.
"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 alongside co-host Ron MacLean. "These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price."
Sportsnet president Bart Yabsley issued a statement condemning Cherry's remarks on Nov. 10, and during an NHL broadcast that night, MacLean issued a brief apology.