November 20th, 2019 ~ Vol. 89 No. 47
Moving Forward
Simply Selles by David Selles
David Selles
Pass Herald Reporter
Now that everything with Don Cherry and Jessica Allen has calmed down a bit, I want to provide people with my perspective on what went down.

Don Cherry has always been a huge advocate for Remembrance Day and Canadian Soldiers.

He has spent time overseas with Canadian Soldiers and he has visited oversea gravesites as well.

Every year, the Saturday before Remembrance Day, Cherry reminds people of the sacrifices made for everyone who calls Canada home.

On Saturday November 9th, during the weekly Coach’s Corner segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Don Cherry again addressed the country and this year, his wording wasn’t fully appropriate.

Here’s Cherry’s full quote from that night.

“You people that come here…whatever it is, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple of bucks for a poppy.”
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Now, if you watch Coach’s Corner regularly or listen to previous segments, you may know that when Don Cherry says, “you people” he says it as an overarching term as a way to speak to all Canadians.

If anyone is angry with him for that part alone, I think they’re in the wrong.

If people are angry at Cherry for what comes directly after, they have more of an argument.

For me, I agree with the sentiment Cherry was attempting to get across but his word choice was extremely poor.

There are certain things that shouldn’t be discussed on live television and Cherry comments fall under that category.

As for if he should’ve been fired, I think this recent comment was the cherry (pardon the pun) on top of some of the things he’s said over the years and Sportsnet felt it was time to move on.

Had this been said before the time of social media, we would’ve seen Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner last week.
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As for Ron Maclean, he has kept his job with Sportsnet after issuing an apology for the comments Cherry made, which is something Cherry simply didn’t want to do at the time.

People have been bashing Ron Maclean during this process because Maclean went from agreeing with Cherry the night of the original comment to saying Cherry was wrong the following night.

Now, being someone who’s also been involved in live broadcasting, I can speculate that Maclean wasn’t even fully aware of what Cherry was mentioning as a producer could’ve been counting down the amount of time left in the segment or telling Maclean something else through his earpiece.

I have no factual evidence that’s what happened but it could be part of why Maclean agreed and gave a thumbs up following Cherry’s comments.

The reason I lost some respect for Ron Maclean is that he’s been let go by Sportsnet and Rogers on a couple different occasions and was able to return behind remarks that Cherry wouldn’t work without him.

The fact Maclean so quickly went against his long time friend was a little shocking to me.

That whole incident alone was a lot to process but then was added to when Jessica Allen of CTV’s The Social made comments regarding hockey families.

“I don’t worship at the alter of hockey, I never have,” she says.

“Maybe it’s because of where I grew up and going to a couple of different universities. There’s a certain type of person, in my mind, in my experience, who does.”
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Allen continued by stating,

“They all tended to be white boys who weren’t, let’s say, very nice. They were not generally thoughtful. They were often bullies. Their parents were able to afford to put them, you know, spend $5,000 a year on minor hockey. $5,000 is a lot of money. You could do other things besides spending your time in an arena. You can go on a trip and learn about the world. The world is a big place, maybe get outside of that bubble.”

Those comments took their turn making waves across social media and people were calling for Allen to be fired.

She never was and for me, that’s an odd double standard.

How she could get away with saying hockey families may have bullies and that the money they spend could be better used to learn about the world and get out of their bubbles without consequence seems strange to me.

I guess the one thing that helped her case was that she did issue an on air apology after the backlash she received.

Now all that’s left for everyone to do is learn from this and move forward.

I just hope we can do that somewhat civilly.
November 20th, 2019 ~ Vol. 89 No. 47
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