Sportsnet has apologized for hockey commentator Don Cherrys remarks about what he believes are new immigrants not honoring the countrys fallen soldiers

A Canadian broadcast company has apologized for hockey commentator Don Cherrys remarks about what he believes are new immigrants not honoring the countrys fallen soldiers.

The 85-year-old Cherry, who has been criticized in the past for his outspoken conservative politics, seemed to single out new immigrants in Toronto and Mississauga, Ontario, where he lives, for not honoring Canadas veterans and dead soldiers. He said he didnt see immigrants wearing poppies to honor the countrys fallen on Remembrance Day, which will be observed on Monday.

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 on Saturday nights Coachs Corner segment, broadcast on Sportsnet.

Eduardo Razo (@_eddierazo)

ICYMI here’s Don Cherry being a POS by shaming immigrants for not buying poppies pic.twitter.com/kwTugoZGI6

November 10, 2019

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

Sportsnet president Bart Yabsley apologized for Cherrys comments in a statement Sunday.

Dons discriminatory comments are offensive and they do not represent our values and what we stand for as a network, Yabsley said. We have spoken with Don about the severity of this issue and we sincerely apologize for these divisive remarks.

Cherry did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Canadian Press.

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie called Cherrys remarks despicable.

Were proud of diverse cultural heritage and well always stand up for it, she said on Twitter. New immigrants enrich our country for the better. Were all Canadians and wear our poppies proudly.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/us

 

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