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Twitter reacts to Don Cherry’s poppy rant

The hockey commentator made bigoted remarks on national television. What else is new? Here’s what Canadians had to say.
World Cup of Hockey  2016 – Team Czech Republic v Team Canada
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 17: Don Cherry and Ron MacLean prior to Team Canada taking on Team Czech Republic during the World Cup of Hockey 2016 at Air Canada Centre on September 17, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/World Cup of Hockey via Getty Images)

UPDATE, Nov. 11, 2019: Sportsnet has fired Don Cherry. More details here

Don Cherry is known for his loud suits and even louder mouth. A few days before Remembrance Day, the 85-year-old hockey commentator ranted during Coach’s Corner that “you people”—referring to immigrants in Canada— who “love our way of life” should at least pay to purchase a poppy “or something like that.”

His comments were widely denounced. Sportsnet, the NHL and Cherry’s co-host Ron MacLean apologized for his remarks, while Cherry himself has not.

Justin Trudeau didn’t issue a statement in response but his account did retweet his defence minister Harjit Sajjan on the topic. Conservative leader Andrew Scheer hasn’t publicly responded to the controversy. See the clip below as well as the apologies from Sportsnet, NHL and MacLean. We’ve compiled a collection of responses from Canadians to Cherry’s remarks.

https://twitter.com/journorosa/status/1193374056394960901

The apologies

https://twitter.com/RonMacLeanHTH/status/1193674011248644096

The reaction

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