Colorado Avalanche player and the first-ever Muslim to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Nazem Kadri, defended Don Cherry after he was fired from Sportsnet over comments Cherry says were taken “out of context.”

“I know Grapes and I don’t think it came across like everyone is making it sound. I think with what he said, it was maybe just said incorrectly. People maybe took it out of context a little bit. I know Grapes is a great person and am sad to see him go,” said Kadri about the former Coach’s Corner host. 

While playing for the Leafs, Kadri and Cherry shared a heartwarming moment on screen where Cherry planted a kiss on the young hockey player’s cheek.

“I don’t hate it. I don’t hate it,” said Kadri laughing in the video. 

Over the past week, leftist activists and the mainstream media have hounded Cherry for calling on Canadians to wear poppies for Remembrance Day during the November 9th segment of Coach’s Corner. The mobbing resulted in Sportsnet severing ties with the Canadian icon and thirty-year-long sports commentator.

Cherry has since spoken out about the decision saying he has “no problem” with being let go by the channel and still stands by his comments. 

“[Cherry] has been there for so long, it’s going to be hard to see [the show] without him, that’s definitely unfortunate,” said Kadri.


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