Why was Don Cherry fired

Ice hockey reporter Don Cherry: The Old Man's Deep Fall

Icon reporter Don Cherry is fired for xenophobic omissions. The Canadian has not succeeded in making the step into the modern age.

There was a time when Donald Stewart Cherry was a kind of Canadian national shrine. It was part of the inventory of the hit "Hockey Night In Canada", it explained the nation a little about the world, from an ice hockey point of view. Cherry had a high level of credibility, after all, in the 1970s he first trained the Boston Bruins and then the Colorado Rockies. In 1981 he was the Canadian national coach.

As a media representative, he was one of those people who saw ice hockey early on not only as a sport, but also as entertainment. As early as the 1980s he was issuing video cassettes, the “Rock’em, Sock’em” series, in which the entertainment value of the NHL could be marveled at in all its glory; Checks, goals, fist fights. The media carriers were also popular in Switzerland, and in the 1990s they inspired a whole generation of young people for North American ice hockey.

The 1980s, VHS, it was all a long time ago. But Don Cherry was still there, somehow, even at the age of 85. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) offered him a platform, the “Coach’s Corner”, on which Cherry brought his wisdom out into the world unfiltered.

Loose mouth, big ego

You could watch its disintegration, it happened very publicly, there were countless controversies. When Alpo Suhonen, the former coach of SC Bern and EHC Kloten, worked as an assistant trainer for the Winnipeg Jets in 1989, Cherry described him as “a kind of dog food”. He once claimed that concussions during fistfighting on the ice were not a problem if only the right players were fighting. At this point in time, several former "enforcers", the professionals who were still employed almost exclusively for boxing in this century, had died of the late effects of brain damage. In 2018 he denied the existence of man-made climate change. Anyone who believes in it, said Cherry, is a "cuckaloo," a term that he had invented as freely as the claim he had just made.

Long ago, Cherry was an asset to the TV landscape with his loose mouth, ego, and showman qualities; he knew how to turn every game, no matter how trivial, into an experience. But in the end its entertainment value was mostly involuntary, it often caused trouble. But people keep forgiving Cherry because you couldn't be really angry with him in his silly suits. He reminded a bit of that quirky, slightly senile great-grandfather who utters racist nonsense at the family Christmas party, but tries not to listen and with a dash of resignation just thinks his part.

There is a Don Cherry account on Twitter that shouts out crazy theses in capital letters. It's a fake account, but the picture of the old white man who is angry and screaming uncontrollably for no reason is not that false.

But now Cherry has done the one derailment too much. In Canada it is customary to use a metal poppy flower as a badge to commemorate those who died in the First World War. This tradition is dying out, angry Cherry, because of the immigrants: “You people love to come here, you love our milk and honey. Then you could at least spend a few dollars on a poppy. These guys paid for the lifestyle you enjoy in Canada. "

Public pressure

The outcry was great, columnists demanded the dismissal - and so many people on the official CBC website followed suit that the network temporarily deactivated the official complaint form.

The public pressure worked: Cherry was released on Monday evening after almost forty years. There is something tragic about his end as a TV analyst; Cherry was a relic of the past, somehow trapped in the present.

Aging gracefully, especially as a person of public interest, is not an easy challenge. Don Cherry, it cannot be said that much since his most recent misstep, has not made it.