Don Cherry Calls Media Coverage of Kneeling Protests Hypocritical

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Don Cherry Calls Media Coverage of Kneeling Protests Hypocritical


Cherry criticizes media coverage of protests

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

The "Hockey Night in Canada" personality posted a statement to his verified Twitter account Wednesday night, taking aim at "left wing media" and its coverage of National Football League players taking a knee during the American anthem to protest the racist treatment of African Americans.

Cherry pointed 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," Cherry said in the 131-word statement. "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 NFL, and support has come from other major leagues.

At least one Major League Baseball has knelt during the U.S. anthem, and the Saskatchewan Roughriders linked arms during "O Canada" before a CFL game last week as a show of unity. …

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