People are cringing as Bobby Orr comes to the defence of Don Cherry
Don Cherry's comments about immigrants and poppies have created quite the divide among Canadian hockey lovers, and some are now furious that one of the greatest players of all time is coming to his defence.
In an interview on Boston radio station WEEI Thursday, NHL great Bobby Orr defended the former Coach's Corner host.
"What they've done to him up there is disgraceful. It really is," said Orr, who was coached by Cherry with the Boston Bruins years ago.
Orr also said Cherry is not a bigot or a racist, and described him as extremely generous and caring.
"I know Grapes better than anyone. He's not a bigot and he's not a racist," he said.
Bobby Orr on Don Cherry (@CoachsCornerDC) fired from Sportsnet:— OMF (@OMFonWEEI) November 14, 2019
"I know Grapes better than anyone. He's not a bigot and he's not a racist"@GlennDOrdway @LouMerloni @christianfauria pic.twitter.com/UfesH0zscC
Orr also said he's spoken to Cherry every day since the firing.
Cherry was fired from his position on Coach's Corner earlier this week after sparking outrage with comments that have been deemed divisive and xenophobic.
"You people that come here, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple of bucks for poppies or something like that. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price," he said during Saturday's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast.
Cherry refused to apologize for his comments, and he even appeared on Fox News' Tucker Carlson to defend his comments.
Now, Canadians are frustrated and disappointed that yet another Canadian legend is missing the point.
Many are disagreeing with Orr's stance, saying Cherry's words proved otherwise.
I love #bobbyorr but he is human; he’s loyal down to a fault, and this is an instant where he’s wrong— dmolson (@burlivespipe) November 15, 2019
And others are saying his statements about Cherry as well as the fact that he's apparently a Tucker Carlson fan speak for themselves.
According to #DonCherry Bobby Orr is a big fan of @TuckerCarlson ...that and his defence of Grapes is pretty much all you need to know about Orr.— John Soanes (@lost2gether) November 15, 2019
Some are saying his words have caused them to lose respect for the Canadian legend.
Shame, used to respect Bobby Orr.— mightyboink (@mightyboink) November 15, 2019
While others are saying that while they disagree with his opinion, they do respect his choice to defend a friend.
Love Bobby Orr, but he's wrong here.— Dom De Luca (@mimo0791) November 15, 2019
Respect that he is coming forward to defend a friend, but the facts are not on Don's side.
Saturday's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast will be the first since Cherry's firing, and it remains to be seen who, if anyone, will be seated in the former host's seat come game time.
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