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Thread: Don Cherry Rants on Immigrants; Fired by Sportsnet

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    Fired on Rememberance Day. Wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunny View Post
    Fired on Rememberance Day. Wow.
    Appropriate.

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    Would he have been fired for a left wing rant, or would he have gotten a Nike ad?

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    No surprise

    Whether he meant to or not, he’s said some very stupid and offensive things over the years. Liability at this point. Has been for some time

    Surprised it didn’t happen before

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    General consensus is that:
    A) this should have happened sooner.
    B) of all the reasons that Cherry could have been fired over the years, or just for general lack of growing with the game over time, #Poppygate seems like the shittiest reason to fire an 85 year old man.

    Can’t say I disagree with either, lol.

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    I'm really not even sure what he's getting at but not quite seeing how that's "racist". Are there no people from European countries that are emigrated to Canada?

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    Cherry needed to take a different angle, perhaps be a proponent of history. This is a generational issue.
    Canada lost over 100k soldiers in WW1 and WW2
    In the 70 years since, they’ve only lost a few hundred

    Of course this generation doesnt have the same empathy as the previous generations.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Niko View Post
    General consensus is that:
    A) this should have happened sooner.
    B) of all the reasons that Cherry could have been fired over the years, or just for general lack of growing with the game over time, #Poppygate seems like the shittiest reason to fire an 85 year old man.

    Can’t say I disagree with either, lol.
    Have no idea if the poppy sales in Canada go to a legitimate veterans charity or it's a bunch of guys freelancing for a few dollars. Barely even see them any more of those fundraisers around here spare one local volunteer firehouse that uses them for Memorial Day legitimate fundraising for veterans. If he was fired on Veterans Day for advocating if ham-fistedly for veterans charities, that seems really stupid.

    He's said some remarkably stupid things about head injuries and many shortsighted xenophobic things about Euro players. He's really wrong about both of those things. Cherry is really, really old. Don't think they should have fired him, but I'm American with the 1st Amendment.And what ever you think of Trump(I won't go there), at least we don't have a Prime Minister who appears to have been photographed in black face on an annual basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil in Absentia View Post
    Would be curious how many actual complaints they received.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugg View Post
    Have no idea if the poppy sales in Canada go to a legitimate veterans charity or it's a bunch of guys freelancing for a few dollars. Barely even see them any more of those fundraisers around here spare one local volunteer firehouse that uses them for Memorial Day legitimate fundraising for veterans. If he was fired on Veterans Day for advocating if ham-fistedly for veterans charities, that seems really stupid.

    He's said some remarkably stupid things about head injuries and many shortsighted xenophobic things about Euro players. He's really wrong about both of those things. Cherry is really, really old. Don't think they should have fired him, but I'm American with the 1st Amendment.And what ever you think of Trump(I won't go there), at least we don't have a Prime Minister who appears to have been photographed in black face on an annual basis.
    First amendment doesn't protect your job. It protects you from jail.

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    I’m not Canadian so maybe I just don’t get it but I always thought he was rather obnoxious and his “insights” were not that interesting.


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    Cherry just needed to be smarter about what he says.
    I don’t know tons about Cherry, but I don’t believe that he’s an outright bigot or that his heart is filled with hate. Just an old, ultra conservative guy who holds some opinions that however misplaced they are today, we’re common in his day.
    But it’s no excuse
    Realistically, he got fired for stupidity more than anything else.
    These days, people don’t want to hear about anything political from their sportscasters. It never goes well when those men and women do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    First amendment doesn't protect your job. It protects you from jail.
    This is true, as I can tell you "professionally". Still think the chilling effect on people's free expression regarding employment is more of a way for employers to find reasons, good, bad or indifferent, to get rid of employees.

    Won't pretend to know the ins and outs of Canadian employment law. Simply don't know that his views in this instance, if poorly stated, were all that awful. Some of the other things he has said are really awful, and they didn't fire him for any of those. For decades. They tolerated him saying terrible bigoted things, and often wrongheaded Cro Magnon views. And his tongue wasn't always in cheek. Now he went too far? So firing him for this looks excessive.

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    Don't think CBC had much choice here. I think I get the intent Don was coming from and maybe that's why I'm not personally offended by his comments, as an immigrant to Canada, but he definitely lacks tact and wouldn't be the first time he put his foot in his mouth with poor choice of words. Unfortunately in this day and age where every single word is scrutinized, there's a price to pay and CBC had to take action to avoid looking like they were condoning his message.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugg View Post
    This is true, as I can tell you "professionally". Still think the chilling effect on people's free expression regarding employment is more of a way for employers to find reasons, good, bad or indifferent, to get rid of employees.

    Won't pretend to know the ins and outs of Canadian employment law. Simply don't know that his views in this instance, if poorly stated, were all that awful. Some of the other things he has said are really awful, and they didn't fire him for any of those. For decades. They tolerated him saying terrible bigoted things, and often wrongheaded Cro Magnon views. And his tongue wasn't always in cheek. Now he went too far? So firing him for this looks excessive.
    At this point, it’s not just for this
    It’s all the other stuff he’s said in addition
    This was just the straw

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