Ice hockey commentator fired for saying new immigrants could wear poppies

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BBC reported that prominent Canadian ice hockey commentator Don Cherry was fired for saying the wrong thing about new immigrants in reference to Remembrance Day poppies.

“Cherry complained on-air this weekend that he rarely sees people he believes to be newcomers wearing the symbol.

That led to his condemnation throughout hockey. Why?

And then he was fired.

Cherry said, “You people, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple of bucks for a poppy or something like that. At least you can pay a couple of bucks for poppies. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.”

What’s wrong with that and why can’t he say it?

People should assimilate if they want to move to a different country.

After he was fired, Cherry said, “I have just learned I’ve been fired by Sportsnet for comments made on Coach’s Corner Nov. 9. No problem.”

“I know what I said and I meant it. Everybody in Canada should wear a poppy to honour our fallen soldiers.

“I speak the truth and I walk the walk. I have visited the bases of the troops, been to Afghanistan with our brave soldiers at Christmas, been to cemeteries of our fallen around the world and honoured our fallen troops on Coach’s Corner.”

Don Cherry heroically stood his ground.

Was he wrong?

PowerInbox
  • No, there is nothing ‘really’ wrong with asserting National pride and remembrance into a dialogue. It might have been approached with different words, a different way.

  • Bravo sir for standing up for the truth. I’m a US combat veteran who fought in Vietnam, alongside some of Canada’s and other allies troops. Unfortunately, you live in the sickness that is now Canada and the UK.

  • Don Cherry and “Buy a Poppy” The Legion in my opinion is an outdated, mislead and has drifted away from what Canada and Canadian Veretans think and feel. In Germany this Rememberance Day, the civilian leadership of the local Legion asked the authorities (Hügelsheim and Soellingen) to change Rememberance Day Services at both locations to November 10th as it was more conveniant and more people would be able to attend. My Grandfather fought at Vimy and my Uncle was killed at Dieppe and this offended the honor and sacrifice my family has made. People should buy (you don’t even have to if you don’t have any money – they will give anyone one for free) and wear a poppy at least on November 11th. A sad day and to our Honorary Patricia Brother (Mr. Cherry) he represents my values, those of my family and how I feel on this matter. I quess when one voices an opinion, it was more an observation and comment, that in Canada today it’s ractist – what a pile of crap!

  • That’s how things are in Canada. Freedom of speech can be suppress where you can be punish by losing your job. They’re leaning heavily toward Socialism.