Former Boston Bruins head coach and recently dismissed Canadian athlete Don Cherry talked about "Tucker Carlson Tonight" about his dismissal after 38 years as a fixture on "Hockey Night in Canada" for his comments on the camera on immigration.
Cherry, 85, told Carlson that he did not mean to say something hateful, but he noted, "I stand by what I said and I still mean it."
Cherry left viewers shocked during Saturday's "Coach's Corner" segment where he criticized people who did not have poppy pins to mark Canada's Remembrance Day.
"You people love – they come here, whatever it is – you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey," Cherry then said. "The least you can pay is a few bucks for a poppy or something like that. These guys pay for your lifestyle that you like in Canada. These guys pay the biggest price."
Cherry told Carlson that he supported the silent majority, including law enforcement, and said his mistake was using the term "you people" rather than a more harmless, inclusive term like "everyone."
"These are the two words that got it, as you know, people are so sensitive," Cherry told Carlson. "These soldiers died so we can live our way. At least carry a poppy in their honor."
In his first public comments since the Canadian television network Sportsnet announced his decision, Cherry said he had "no problem "by being dismissed and refusing to apologize.
" Cherry told the Toronto Sun. "Everyone in Canada should wear a poppy to honor our fallen soldiers."
CLICK HERE TO GET FOX NEWS APP
Cherry had a long career in the American Hockey League but only ever played a professional NHL game, 1955 with the Boston Bruins. He went on to become Bruin's head coach for five seasons from 1974 to 1979 and helped lead the team to two Stanley Cup Finals.