in light of this, this thread is good reading.
It's crazy if he does survive it. That apology by MacLean made me cringe, not by any fault of his own, but just the fact that HE had to do it. Apologizing for not catching it in the moment, letting it persist, and taking it all on himself. That was real stand-up stuff. Put Cherry back on screen and let him 'apologize.' He probably couldn't even do if he read it from the prompted. He'd likely call out some more of "those people" he has issues with and bury himself even further.I saw it. On a Don Cherry batshit scale of 1 to 10, this is a 10. It is conceivable he won't survive this.
The comments on Twitter are predominantly in favor of Don, unfortunately. Crazy but not surprised in this day and age. This is not Don's first controversial moment; he's had a few others but this obviously was the last straw.Like it or not, Don Cherry has been doing coach's corner for 40 years and is a big deal. Sportsnet had to be a little respectful with how they handled this.
Even so, they are still going to face backlash for firing him.
I would guess the ideal scenario for Sportsnet would have been for him to make a statement where he gave a sincere seeming apology and announced he was retiring/stepping down.If that is the case and he might have survived with an apology they are lucky he didn't do so
Yeah, that's probably exactly what they wanted, but Don was going down with that ship. I'd imagine they'd give him the rest of the season, too. Let's not forget that Ron was replaced as the main HNiC host in 2014 by George Stroumboulopoulos, but angry fans demanded Ron come back, so Rogers definitely hears the loudest voices out there. Speaking of...I would guess the ideal scenario for Sportsnet would have been for him to make a statement where he gave a sincere seeming apology and announced he was retiring/stepping down.
Just change that to "the Internet". The CBC PEI Facebook page put a link to the story up, and the replies are just a spew of "but did he REALLY say anything wrong?" sprinkled with a few "he was just misunderstood"s and the odd "good riddance". One guy even went so far as to say he was cancelling his "Rodgers" cell phone. And with all those comments comes the reminder that Don does, indeed, have a Charter right to free speech. But the RCMP didn't knock down his door, so people can really stop with that line of argument.The comments on Twitter are predominantly in favor of Don, unfortunately.
Don't laugh, they might be considering it. Though, if I had to guess, they'll trot Ron out there by himself this weekend to take the slings and arrows on the slot, put together a few highlights of the segment over the decades, and quietly scrap it in favour of showing highlights of early games and the other 7:00 PM ET 1st periods.They’ve got Brian Burke. Wonder if he is the replacement.