TORONTO - Don Cherry has sparked a furor on social media after he called his Coach's Corner co-host Ron MacLean a "savage" and a "barbarian" for eating seal meat.
MacLean joined Saturday night's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast via satellite from St. John's, N.L., and told Cherry he had seal for lunch in a local restaurant.
Cherry reacted with mock offence that MacLean ate a "little baby seal," adding "what are you, a savage, a barbarian?"
The remark prompted messages of outrage on Twitter.
"According to Don Cherry, my Inuk friends are savages because they eat seal," tweeted Matthew Coon Come, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. "The network should fire him for his racist remark."
"Well Don Cherry, barbarians are we? shows you ignorance, lack of knowledge, insensitive!" posted St. John's City Councillor Tom Hann.