Don Ferry, a controversial hockey icon who was once named the seventh-largest Canadian in history, was fired on Monday, two days after he unveiled puzzling poppies and newcomers to Canada's hockey night.
The 85-year-old former hockey coach and minor-league player for decades was definitely the face of broadcast hockey in this country. Known for his awkward costumes and stupidity, he embodied a special vision for the English Canadian ideal: hard work, nasty, violent and, over and over, intolerant of outsiders.
In his weekly segment "Corner Coaching," airing Saturday between the first and second bouts of Canadian hockey night, Chera threatens French Canadians ("whiners"), Europeans ("Sins") and opponents of in-game fighting (" pukes "And" scary ") At his peak, he was incredibly popular. A 1995 Ottawa Citizen profile reported that 500,000 more people watched his segment every week than they watched actual games.
But in recent years, cherry appears to be a relic of the hockey world, and even of Canada, that no longer exists. "He's a Canadian icon who did a lot of good things, but they should never have allowed him to stay on the air for so long," said Chris "Burnt" Nylan, a retired player who once publicly attacked Sherry for being insufficiently pro-combat. "Honestly, I think they set him up to fail. They could have let him go a little earlier, maybe when he was 80 years old. “
Cherry firing on Monday seemed somehow inevitable and impossible. He was often amazed at the controversy, without consequence, which was considered all but untouchable. But his watch on Saturday proved to be too unusual, a sign of a man who no longer knew which lines he could cross or a country that no longer wanted to accept a public figure so eager to cross.
"It deserves it," Bupinder Singh Hundal, a senior FBC producer who has been broadcasting Cherry for more than 30 years, told the shooting. "He deserved it for what he did. When you act inappropriately, there must be consequences and that is the consequence. "
Chersha, a longtime Canadian Army booster, said the words that ended his career on Canadian Hockey Night on Saturday were part of a regret over wandering around for affinities and Remembrance Day.
“You know, I talked to the veteran. I said – I will no longer run the poppy job because it makes sense? I live in Mississippi, nobody carries – very few people carry poppy. In downtown Toronto, forget it! In downtown Toronto, no one carries poppies, "he said during Saturday's broadcast.
It was good enough, typical cherry. But what follows has changed.
"You want the people – who come here, regardless – you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey," Chera said. "At least you can pay a few dollars for poppy. These guys paid for your lifestyle, the life you enjoy in Canada. These guys paid the biggest price. "
The reaction on the Internet was fast and furious. Soon after the segment aired, #firedoncherry and #CherryMustGo were trending on Twitter. NHL called Jerry's comments "offensive." Budweiser, the show's official sponsor, called them "inadequate and divisive". A spokesman for the Royal Canadian Legion condemned them as "harmful" and said they were running contrary to the Legion Articles of Faith.
Hundal, a former host of Ice Night Punjab, said that Jerry's comments were clearly aimed at new immigrants. "The whole assumption of what he said was so offensive, it was actually wrong and completely exploited and categorized people as 'the other', even without realizing much," he said.
By Monday morning it was clear that the status quo could no longer be maintained. By the early afternoon it was over. Sportsnet, which has been broadcasting Canadian Hockey Night since 2014, said in an online statement that "after further discussions with Don Ferry after the broadcast on Saturday night, it was decided that it was the right time to quit immediately."
"During the broadcast, he made divisive remarks that do not represent our values or what we stand for. Don is synonymous with hockey and has played an integral role in growing the game for the last 40 years. We would like to thank Don for his contributions to hockey and sports broadcasting in Canada. "
Cherry did not respond to National Mail requests for an interview. He told Toro Warmington of the Toronto Sun that, regardless of the official statement form, he had been fired.
"No problem," he said, according to Worthington. “I know what I said and thought. Everyone in Canada should wear poppy to honor our fallen soldiers. "
Gurpeth Singh Dillon, a regional councilor in the city of Brampton, said he had no desire to see the cherry fired, but that in the end, the legend only had to blame his fate.
"If Mr Cherry did not say 'you people', come here and 'love our way of life' and not blame the immigrants, I do not believe there would be a reaction at all," Ililon wrote in an email. "Also, if he simply apologized, he would have been blown away."
"Going forward, Mr Jerry needs to understand that the casualties were made by many during the wars, even the ancestors of 'you guys'."
– With files by Scott Stinson
TARIFF TRANSLATION OF THE DONORED PEOPLE OF THE DONORED PARTY:
“You know, I talked to the veteran. I said – I will no longer run the poppy job because it makes sense? I live in Mississippi, nobody carries – very few people carry poppy. In downtown Toronto, forget it! In downtown Toronto, no one carries poppy. "
He says: 'wait a while, how do you run it for the people who buy it? & # 39;
Now you go to small towns, row by row.
You want people – who come here, whatever – love our way of life, love our milk and honey. At least you could pay a few dollars for poppy. These guys paid for your lifestyle, the life you enjoy in Canada. These guys paid the biggest price.
Anyway, I'm going to run it again for you great people and good Canadians who bought poppy. "