Legendary NHL broadcaster fired after making a criticism against immigrants

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With political correctness reigning supreme in the world day, it’s getting difficult to hope that common sense and free speech will survive long.

Among the many third rails in liberal politics is immigration, with the American left and their media allies having so successfully conflated illegal immigration with the lawful process of immigrating.

Something legendary hockey broadcaster and analyst Don Cherry found out the hard way when he dared criticize immigrants in Canada for not embracing the tradition of wearing poppies to honor fallen Canadian soldiers — the poppy is usually worn in the two weeks leading up to Remembrance Day, which was Sunday, Nov. 11.

“You people love, they come here, whatever it is, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey,” Cherry said Saturday in a segment of Coach’s Corner. “The least you could pay [is] a couple of bucks for a poppy or something like that. These guys pay for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada. These guys pay the biggest price.”

 

The remark triggered liberals far and wide, resulting in unhinged claims that Cherry is racist and xenophobic — the same complaints routinely hurled at President Trump and the shrinking number of Republican lawmakers who advocate for a secure border.

(The 85-year-old Cherry’s real crime in the eyes of some progressives is being old and white.)

Here’s one such example of a social media user whining about Cherry’s “disgusting anti-immigrant rant.”

Canada’s Sportsnet wasted no time appeasing the liberal mob, moving swiftly to fire Cherry for making “divisive remarks.”

“Sports brings people together – it unites us, not divides us. Following further discussions with Don Cherry after Saturday night’s broadcast, it has been decided it is the right time for him to immediately step down,” Sportsnet president Bart Yabsley said in a statement. “During the broadcast, he made divisive remarks that do not represent our values or what we stand for.”

As for Cherry, he’s not about to back down in support of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

“I know what I said and I meant it. Everybody in Canada should wear a poppy to honor our fallen soldiers,” Cherry told the Sun.

“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 honored our fallen troops on Coach’s Corner,” he added. ” I would have liked to continue doing Coach’s Corner. The problem is if I have to watch everything I say, it isn’t Coach’s Corner.”

As for Canada’s immigrant population, here’s a snapshot from the 2016 Census.

The online reaction to Cherry being fired was pretty intense, as well. Sportsnet finds itself taking heat for its knee-jerk reaction, with some social media users calling for a boycott of the network.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

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Tom Tillison

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