Okay, I’m in the process of painting a target on my back for the politically correct folks and a few moralists, but I sincerely feel that Cherry is perfectly entitled to his comments.
What exactly was the offence? Was he incorrect to say those people who he named do not wear poppies. That is, did he say they don’t but they actually do? If so, a simple apology should suffice.
If he was correct, and they are not wearing poppies through lack of knowledge, Cherry providing a comment on a common ‘Canadian’ cultural practice might help all of us to better understand one another, and thereby better assimilate. How else do we learn?
In Cherry’s comments, I understood him to say that wearing a poppy for remembrance is one of the many small things that make up our ‘Canadian’ way of life. I happen to agree.
Sure, he’s a blowhard and a buffoon. That’s what he is, that’s what he does, pretty every week. But, he is still entitled to his opinion. And, to be fair, so are his employers. However, if it was me, and my decision, I would not have fired him. Rogers and Sportsnet could easily have issued a statement saying Cherry’s views are his, and are not shared by them. Funny they never seemed to complain when he glorified violence and fighting as part of the game, but they do a knee jerk over his editorial comments about people not wearing poppies?