Don Cherry says he'll never be friends with Ron MacLean again

May 20 2022, 12:55 am

Once inseparable every Saturday night during hockey season, Don Cherry and Ron MacLean aren’t friends anymore.

Cherry was fired after an anti-immigrant rant on Hockey Night in Canada’s Coaches Corner segment, on November 11, 2019, which he refused to apologize for.

MacLean did apologize though, saying the next day that Cherry’s comments were “hurtful, discriminatory… [and] flat out wrong.” The 62-year-old still works as a broadcaster for Sportsnet, which has produced Hockey Night in Canada since 2014.

Cherry said in the aftermath that he was “disappointed” in MacLean. They haven’t been friends since, despite an on-air relationship that lasted over 30 years.

Two and half years later, Cherry doesn’t think that will ever change.

“I don’t think we’ll ever be friends again,” the 88-year-old Cherry said, fighting back tears in a video posted to social media this week by Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun.

“You can’t be friends after that. You just can’t… It’s too bad… we used to have fun. It was fun. Coaches Corner was fun.”

Cherry added that he doesn’t have any “animosity” towards MacLean, but while he’s “willing to forgive,” he can’t forget.

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