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Canadian sports news outlet Sportsnet fired professional hockey analyst Don Cherry after he made offensive comments about immigrants during a broadcast on Nov. 9.

Cherry criticized immigrants for not wearing poppies to remember veterans. He said, according to the BBC:

“At least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy…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. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.”

In a Nov. 11 statement on Twitter, Sportsnet president Bart Yabsley said in part, “Following further discussions with Don Cherry after Saturday night’s broadcast, it has been decided it is the right time for him to immediately step down. During the broadcast, he made divisive remarks that do not represent our values or what we stand for.”

Sportsnet pointed iMediaEthics to its Nov. 11 statement; iMediaEthics has tweeted Cherry.

In a statement on its website, the Canadian Broadcasting Standards Council said, “The CBSC has received a large number of very similar complaints concerning Coach’s Corner broadcast on CBC (Sportsnet) on November 9, 2019, exceeding the CBSC’s technical processing capacities. Accordingly, while the CBSC will be dealing with this broadcast under its normal process, it is not able to accept any further complaints.”

UPDATE 11/16/2019: Cherry told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, “I stand by what I said, and I still mean it.”

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