Hockey Commentator Don Cherry Fired by Sportsnet Canada Following Controversial Comments

TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 13: Hockey commentator Don Cherry does a television interview before the Tampa Bay Rays MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 13, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Following some contentious comments that were made on Saturday during his Coach's Corner segment on Sportsnet in Canada, long time hockey commentator Don Cherry has been fired by the network.

Sportsnet confirmed rumors by releasing a statement on Monday regarding Cherry's comments and subsequent firing.

Cherry noted in his segment on Hockey Night in Canada that he's seeing fewer people wearing poppies this year as we approach Veteran's Day, a gesture that honors fallen Canadian soldiers. However, Cherry swiftly veered into far dicier territory, targeting immigrants and questioning their patriotism.

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

Co-host Ron Maclean apologized on air for Cherry's insensitive comments, which was followed up on Sunday with an apology from Sportsnet president Bart Yabsley.

The NHL also commented on Cherry's comment, calling them "offensive" and saying that hockey is meant to bring people together, not tear them apart.

Of course, plenty of immigrants fought for Canada during global battles throughout history, but that goes without saying. Certainly time for Cherry's reign to end.