Don Cherry Faces Potential Lawsuit If He Doesn't Apologize For Comments

On opening night of the 2011 NHL season, Don Cherry ranted on CBC about the NHL's new rules prohibiting headshots and promoting other safety measures. During that rant, he referred to a number of former NHL players who support the new rules as "hypocrites" and "turncoats". Three of the players that Cherry specifically called out during the segment are currently seeking an apology from Cherry and CBC, and they're supposedly considering filing a lawsuit if they don't get that apology.

Chris Nilan, Jim Thomson and Stu Grimson are the three players in question who are particularly dissatisfied with Cherry's remarks. They plan on releasing a statement through their attorneys on Tuesday demanding a full apology from Cherry. 

Via Yahoo! Sports and the Montreal Gazzette:

The statement is expected to indicate that the players feel Cherry's comments were vulgar and malicious and in light of his limited attempt to qualify his comments Saturday, they are considering further action to force an apology.

Cherry's primary job function is to express his strong opinions on television, but this incident might lead him to re-think which opinions should be kept to himself. At the very least, CBC will probably ask him to keep the specific name-calling to a minimum in the future.  

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