Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Don Cherry Calls Media Coverage of Kneeling Protests Hypocritical

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Don Cherry Calls Media Coverage of Kneeling Protests Hypocritical

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Cherry criticizes media coverage of protests

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Hockey commentator Don Cherry believes media coverage of athletes kneeling during the playing of national anthems has been hypocritical.

The popular TV personality best known for his Coach's Corner segment on Hockey Night in Canada posted a statement to his verified Twitter account on Wednesday night taking aim at "left wing media" and its coverage of National Football League players taking a knee during the American national anthem to protest the racist treatment of African Americans.

Cherry pointed out in his statement that former Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, a devout Christian, was mocked by the media for taking a knee to pray after scoring a touchdown in his breakout rookie season in 2010.

"The late night leftie talk shows made fun of Tim, to the cartoonists in the paper he was a joke and they made fun of him. It was brutal," said Cherry in the 131-word document. "Yet the NFL players go on their knees to make a point and they are heroes."

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the kneeling phenomenon in 2016, refusing to stand during the anthem in the NFL's pre-season. It has since become common across the league and has spread to Major League Baseball and the Canadian Football League. …

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