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Bobby Orr comes to Don Cherry's defense

Last Updated Nov 15, 2019 at 7:50 am PDT

FILE - Don Cherry poses for a photo in Toronto on March 10, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Summary

Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr defended Don Cherry on a Boston radio station

Orr said Cherry is not a bigot or a racist, and calls what happened to him "disgraceful"

TORONTO (680 NEWS) – One of the greatest hockey players of all time has come to Don Cherry’s defense, and the ousted hockey commentator has taken to Twitter with hints of what’s to come.

Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr defended Don Cherry, speaking to a radio station in Boston, where Cherry once coached the Bruins, about his friend being fired.

“I talk to him every day and Grapes is going to be fine. He’s hurt but he’s really fine,” Orr said. “He’s getting some nice calls from his friends here in Boston, he is getting some wonderful support.”

Orr said Cherry is not a bigot or a racist, and calls what happened to him “disgraceful.”

Sportsnet fired the 85-year-old after his poppy rant on “Coach’s Corner” last Saturday, in which he called immigrants “you people” and complained too many weren’t wearing poppies.

Cherry, thanking his fans for the support and kind words since last weekend, and hinted in a tweet on Thursday at what’s next for him.

Just want to thank everybody for all the support and kind words,” the tweet said. “You’ll be hearing from me soon. Thumbs up!”