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Don Cherry apologizes to ex-players

Posted on: October 15, 2011 8:29 pm
Edited on: October 15, 2011 8:38 pm
 
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By: Adam Gretz

Don Cherry used his first Coach's Corner of the season to rant, as only he can, about the state of discipline in the NHL, and used that time to call out former players (and fighters) Stu Grimson, Chris Nilan and Jim Thompson as "turncoats and hypocrites" for suggesting fighters could be more vulnerable to drug and alcohol abuse, and for "not wanting players to make the same living [they] did."

Grimson and Nilan publicly responded and strongly disputed both claims, and on Saturday night during his most recent appearance, Cherry did something he has rarely -- if ever -- done during his weekly Hockey Night In Canada segment: he apologized.

Cherry said he was 100 percent wrong to criticize the trio of players and added that "when you are wrong, you have to admit it."

The situation had become so heated that the folks at Bodog actually sent out odds this week as to whether or not Nilan, Grimson and Thompson would file a lawsuit against Cherry before Oct. 31 with odds of Yes: +200 and No: -300.

It probably wouldn't be a bad assumption to think Cherry received a bit of legal advice suggesting he offer the apology.

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Comments

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 16, 2011 11:55 pm
 

Don Cherry apologizes to ex-players

After saying he wouldn't apologize.

Yeah. And then he spoke with his lawyers who probably told him to apologize or get raped with lawyer fees, court costs and out of court settlements for big money, not to mention the wasted time along the way with most likely multiple court appearances. 

Don Cherry sometimes acts stupid, but he's really not a dumb man... you don't become as successful as he became being stupid.... he did what he had to do to make this go away...... 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 16, 2011 11:51 pm
 

Don Cherry apologizes to ex-players

Apology or not it's time for him to go.

Please read and sign this petition if you want Don Cherry off the Coach's Corner..and tell your friends!



No thanks, I'm not signing anything.  I don't always agree with what Don Cherry has to say but who am I to try and stop somebody else in this world from doing what he loves and making a living?  Was he out of line?  Absolutely yes, he was.  But he apologized, he was forgiven and it's over, at least for now.

Whether he keeps his job will have nothing to do with the 364 facebook people that "like" the idea of Cherry being fired.   100 thousand people "liking it" won't matter.... your petition will do nothing as well..... you people don't matter.

What does matter is how many people tune in to watch Coaches Corner from now on.   What does matter is what existing CBC advertisers and corporate sponsors say of the matter.....

But do petitions make one ounce of a difference?  Not a chance... never have and never will.  



Since: Aug 28, 2011
Posted on: October 16, 2011 2:49 pm
 

Don Cherry apologizes to ex-players

Who cares ? These ex-players should be grateful they are all but forgotten and got another 10 minutes of fame ... It isn't like they are Bobby Clarke , Bobby Orr or guy lafleur. For Christ sake , besides as Nilan said don cherry is like the crazy uncle who spouts off at the dinner table and everyone shakes there head



Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 16, 2011 11:03 am
 

Don Cherry apologizes to ex-players


Apology or not it's time for him to go.

Please read and sign this petition if you want Don Cherry off the Coach's Corner..and tell your friends!

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions

/cherry-must-leave-the-cbc.html



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: October 16, 2011 8:26 am
 

Don Cherry apologizes to ex-players

After saying he wouldn't apologize.


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