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Ron MacLean on Cherry controversy: 'I owe you an apology'

10 novembre 2019
Coach's Corner co-host Ron MacLean has issued a public apology for his role in a segment Saturday night that has upset many people. In a rant on Remembrance Day, the often controversial Don Cherry singled out immigrants with some scathing comments.

"You people... love our way of life, love our milk and honey. At least you could pay a couple of bucks for poppies or something like that. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada.”

During the rant, MacLean sat beside him and said nothing, other than giving him a thumbs up after he was done. Before Sunday's game between Toronto and Chicago, MacLean took the time to apologize.

"I wanted to address what happened last night on Hockey Night in Canada," said MacLean in a very somber tone. "Don Cherry made remarks which were hurtful, discriminatory, which were flat out wrong...I owe you an apology, too, that's the big thing that I want to emphasize. I sat there, I did not catch it, did not respond."

MacLean also sent out two Tweet from his official Twitter account, with one reading "I have worked with Don for 30 years, and we both love hockey. But last night, I know we failed you. I see hockey as part of what unites us. I have the honour of travelling across our country to celebrate Canada's game, and our diversity is one of our country's greatest strengths."

Sportsnet, the owner of Hockey Night in Canada, has also apologized for Cherry's comments saying they do not represent the opinion of the network. The NHL has said "Hockey is at its best when it brings people together. The comments made last night were offensive and contrary to the values we believe in."

It seems to the only person involved you has not said anything is Cherry himself. You can view MacLean's full remarks below.



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