Skip to main content

Headlines

Don Cherry responds to social media backlash over his seal meat comments

NHL.com @NHL

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.

View More

The NHL uses cookies, web beacons, and other similar technologies. By using NHL websites or other online services, you consent to the practices described in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, including our Cookie Policy.