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Cherry On CBC Explains His "Redneck Town" Comment On ESPN
Published May 13, 2008
|Cherry Explains His "Redneck
Town" Comment On ESPN
CHERRY PICKER: YAHOO SPORTS’ Greg Wyshynski wrote Cherry during his Sunday spot “criticized the Mellon Arena’s ice crew for helping to make” a disallowed Penguins goal inconclusive during Game Two of the team's Eastern Conference Finals series against the Flyers. Cherry: “When did they paint the goal line across there? 1992?” But Wyshynski noted when the clip was uploaded to ESPN.com yesterday, "that section wasn’t included” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 5/12). Gross said that Cherry’s remark was “made to ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter’ as an aside … after his spot was over. That’s why it didn’t appear online” (GLOBE & MAIL, 5/13).
OUTSPOKEN : AOL SPORTS’ Kevin Schultz writes of the redneck comment, “Like him or loathe him, hockey fans that are familiar with Cherry know that this type of talk is nothing new from him. The question is -- did ESPN?” (SPORTS.AOL.com, 5/10). In Michigan, Pat Caputo wrote, “What Cherry does at times borders on bigotry. It’s his dark side. He can’t seem to fawn over ‘Good, old Canadian boys,’ without taking cheap shots at European players in the process.” It makes Cherry a “double-edged sword. It’s wonderful that he is a dinosaur living in the days of the Original Six.” However, it is “deplorable the way Cherry strikes out at a change that has made the game far more skilled than back when Cherry reached the NHL as a player” (OAKLAND PRESS, 5/12)