Lawyers' statement on Don Cherry

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:43 PM ET

TRENTON, ONT. - Upon learning that Jim Thomson has referred to Don Cherry as a “bully”, a question comes to mind.

In an interesting twist, isn’t that what many considered former pugilists Thomson, Stu Grimson and Chris Nilan to be during their playing days.?

On Tuesday, Thomson, Grimson and Nilan released a statement through the Tennessee law firm that employs Grimson. Here’s what they wrote:

“During CBC’s broadcast of Coach’s Corner on October 6, 2011, Don Cherry inserted himself into a prominent debate that involves the recent tragic deaths of three (3) NHL players, drug addiction, alcohol abuse and mental illness. In doing so, Mr. Cherry targeted the above-named individuals, some of whom have suffered from such diseases, as a result of views they previously expressed. Mr. Cherry’s comments were more than inappropriate; they were vulgar and malicious. Furthermore, Mr. Cherry’s subsequent attempt to qualify his comments on October 8, 2011, was entirely ineffectual. Mr. Cherry’s conduct throughout has demonstrated a complete lack of decency.

“In light of the damaging and inflammatory nature of Mr. Cherry’s comments, Mssrs. Grimson, Nilan and Thomson are considering further recourse.”


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