Hockey commentator Don Cherry says the network that fired him "made it impossible" for him to respond to comments that led to his resignation.
He said in his new podcast that he was unwilling to accept Sportsnet's conditions for him to return after the "Coach's Corner" segment on "Hockey Night in Canada" on November 9.
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Cherry says that "two little words seemed to provoke everyone." The 85-year-old has commented that many found critics of immigrants for not using Remembrance Day poppies. Cherry used the phrase "you guys". He claims he was not highlighting minorities.
Cherry says she was willing to explain the comment but made no apologies. He was fired on November 11.
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The 27-minute podcast "Grapevine" features Cherry and son Tim.