“I know what I said and I meant it,” the colorful commentator told the Toronto Sun on Monday. “Everybody in Canada should wear a poppy to honor our fallen soldiers.”
“I speak the truth and I walk the walk,” he continued. “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.’”
“To keep my job, I cannot be turned into a tamed robot,” Cherry added.
Ron MacLean, Cherry’s longtime broadcasting counterpart, distanced himself from the comments, calling them “hurtful, discriminatory,” and “flat-out wrong.”
“Don Cherry made remarks which were hurtful, discriminatory, which were flat-out wrong,” MacLean said in a statement, according to The Washington Post. “I sat there, did not catch it, did not respond. … Last night was a really great lesson for Don and me. We were wrong, and I sincerely apologize. I wanted to thank you for calling me and Don on that last night. ”
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