Bobby Orr calls Don Cherry’s firing from Sportsnet ‘disgraceful’

Matt Kalman
November 14, 2019 - 3:50 pm

It seems Rogers Sportsnet has pissed off the greatest defenseman ever.

Bruins legend Bobby Orr joined Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Thursday as part of Christian Fauria’s 25 for 25 drive to raise money for the American Diabetes Association.

Orr, who played for Don Cherry with the Bruins for two seasons beginning with the 1974-75 campaign, was asked to weigh in on the controversial firing of the Coach’s Corner host, who’s affectionately known around hockey as Grapes.

“I know Grapes better than anybody. He’s not a bigot and he’s not a racist. This guy is the most generous caring guy that I know. What they’ve done to him up there is disgraceful, it really is,” Orr told the guys.

Cherry earlier this week was dismissed from Sportsnet because of remarks he made about immigrants during his Coach’s Corner segment during the first intermission of the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast on Nov. 9.

Cherry was talking about a possible decline in the sale of poppies, which Canadians wear, typically around Remembrance Day, to honor veterans and fallen military personnel.

“You people … you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy or something like that,” Cherry said. “These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.”

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