The controversy arose last week when Chicago Blackhawks’ defenceman Duncan Keith made what some termed a sexist comment in a post-game interview with Vancouver broadcaster Karen Thomson of Team 1040. Cherry argued the reporter shouldn’t have been in the dressing room to begin with.
“I don’t believe women should be in the male dressing room,” Cherry shouted.
Co-host Ron MacLean’s expression spoke volumes. His head sagged and he had a pained look on his face. MacLean then countered by saying men and women reporters should have an equal opportunity to interview players.
We look back at seven of his most controversial comments and outrageous moments.
- In 2011, Cherry accused three former NHL enforcers of being “pukes” and “hypocrites” for speaking out against fighting. “You people that are against fighting, you should be ashamed of yourselves,” Cherry said. “You took advantage of that to make your point on fighting.” He said his comments were mostly directed at former NHLers Chris Nilan, Stu Grimson and Jim Thomson.
- In 2010, Cherry wore a pink suit to attend Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s inauguration when the battle over bike lanes pitted left against right. Cherry began by saying. “I’m wearing pinko for all the pinkos out there that ride bicycles and everything.” He praised the new mayor’s honesty and truthfulness, predicted that Ford would be the best leader in the city’s history and concluded with the words: “Put that in your pipe you left-wing kooks.”
- In 2004, Cherry sparked outrage among French Canadians and an investigation from the Official Languages Commissioner when he spoke out against players who wear visors because he said they have less respect for player safety. “Most of the guys who wear them are Europeans and French guys.”
- In April, 1998, Cherry prompted Bell Canada in Quebec to pull its ads on Coach’s Corner after Cherry calls Quebecers “whiners” and criticized Olympic skier Jean-Luc Brassard, calling the medallist “that French guy.”
- In May, 1993, Quebec MP Vincent Della Noce calls for the House of Commons to censure Cherry for “taking a malicious pleasure in ridiculing francophones by saying the people of Sault Ste. Marie speak the good language.”
- In October, 1991 he sparks anger among Quebec politicians when he defends Eric Lindros’ decision to shun the Quebec Nordiques: “They don’t want our signs … they don’t want our language and then they can’t understand why an 18-year-old kid from Ontario doesn’t want to go there. Get with it.”
- In 1989, Cherry was asked about Winnipeg Jets assistant coach Alpo Suhonen, who is Finnish, and quipped, “Alpo? Isn’t that a dog food?” The team’s owner, Barry Shenkarow, called Cherry a racist and threatened to sue him.
I’m sure there are lots of male reporters in women dressing rooms..