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Don Cherry publically apologizes on CBC’s Coach’s Corner

Oct 15, 2011, 9:26 PM EDT

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CBC lightning rod Don Cherry made waves two weeks ago when he publically called out former enforcers Chris Nilan, Stu Grimson, and Jim Thomsen. He said he was “disgusted” with the former enforcers because of their stance on fighting using words like “pukes,” “turncoats,” and “hypocrites.” Following the segment and some serious public outcry afterward, the three were considering legal action against the television personality.

Tonight, Cherry took the opportunity to apologize to the three former enforcers. From CBC:

“I gotta admit I was wrong on a lot of things,” Cherry said. “Three enforcers, tough guys, my type of guys, I threw them under the bus, and I’m sorry about it. I really am.”


“Chris and Stu never said that they took drugs because they were enforcers in the National Hockey League,” Cherry said. “Also, they never said they wanted fighting out of the game, that’s for sure.”

“I was wrong on that, 100 per cent wrong. And when you’re wrong, you have to admit it.”

You can see the full segment here.

What are the chances that the threat of a lawsuit had anything to do with the public apology. It was surprising nine days ago when Cherry publically went after the three former NHL tough guys—he’s been championing players like these for his entire career around the NHL. It didn’t take long for Chris Nilan to respond:

What do you think? Do you think it was good that Don Cherry apologized for his strong comments a week ago or should he have stayed true to his word.

  1. goforthanddie - Oct 15, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Dude looks like a clown. Sounds like one too.

  2. trbowman - Oct 15, 2011 at 11:40 PM

    Don Cherry is a puke, and that’s being nice.

  3. atwatercrushesokoye - Oct 16, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Don Cherry needs to be fired, not just for these comments but for the fact that he hasn’t said anything relevant in years, and they should replace that idiot McLean along with him. Their act is stale, if HNIC were into doing things properly they would replace him they would give the spot to Kelly Hrudey, he’s insightful and has well thought out points. But instead they’ll try to replace one blowhard ex-coach with another by giving it to Milbury.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 16, 2011 at 4:27 PM

      I don’t always agree with what Don has to say but he knows more about hockey than almost anybody, and a lot of the time he has some good points to make. You obviously don’t watch much if you think he hasn’t said anything relevant in years (no-touch icing, equipment size, fixing the edge of the boards, etc). He will NOT get replaced by Mike Milbury, Don has more hockey knowledge in his beard than that jerk

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Oct 16, 2011 at 6:15 PM

        You’re right I don’t watch Cherry much anymore, I got bored of his act a long time ago and I don’t like watching the Maple Leafs. Cherry was a bad player, a mediocre coach and really has no greater knowledge than the rest of the hockey media, he just has a bigger soapbox and says it in a much louder and more obnoxious way.

        90% of his segments consist of 1. A clip of a “good old Ontartio boy” 2. Kids watch this clip 3. Sending a shout out to someone “going through a tough time” wrap that up in some jingoism and you’re done.

        Now compare that to Kelly Hrudey who actually has valid points and indepth breakdowns of the game currently going on. Which is more relevant?

  4. betrayedbylife - Oct 16, 2011 at 5:10 AM

    there are people who care what don cherry has to say?

  5. jeffalsey - Oct 16, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Apology or not it’s time for him to go.

    Please read and sign this petition if you want Don Cherry off the Coach’s Corner..and tell your friends!

  6. babykaby - Oct 17, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    All Cherry’s missing is a big red rubber nose.

  7. bsputnik - Oct 17, 2011 at 4:58 AM

    To sum up Don Cherry:
    Loves fighting, but criticizes “dirty play.”
    Hates European players.
    Hates French-Canadian players.
    Seemingly not too fond of the players from the Maritimes.
    Not really all about the Americans either.
    Doesn’t like the speed and open play that has increased the revenue of the game…

    Did I miss anything?

    OH! Supported the invasion of Iraq.
    Not to criticize his hockey knowledge, I have never heard him announce a game, so I wouldn’t know. This is all based off of things I read about him in various reputable and non-reputable sources, and videos of his random quotes. He’s just a jerk, plain and simple. He doesn’t want the game to change. He would have only Western Canadians play it and kill each other doing so.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Oct 17, 2011 at 11:22 AM

      Fairly accurate, but he’s more about players from Ontario, he mentions at least being one a week as being “a good old Kingston (insert ontario town or city here) boy”

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