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Less than 24 hourts after Cherry admitted he was

Less than 24 hourts after Cherry admitted he was "wrong" in his allegations against ex-NHL enforcers Stu Grimson, Chris Nilan and Jim Thomson, the three men have backed off from seeking avenues of recourse against the popular CBC analyst. (QMI Agency)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:57 PM ET

Less than 24 hourts after Cherry admitted he was "wrong" in his allegations against ex-NHL enforcers Stu Grimson, Chris Nilan and Jim Thomson, the three men have backed off from seeking avenues of recourse against the popular CBC analyst.

In a statement released on Sunday night by Grimson's Nashville-based law firm of Kay, Griffin, Enkema & Colbert, the former pugilists made it clear that Cherry's apology was sufficient enough to have them back off any intents of further action.

The statement reads as follows:

"During CBC's broadcast of Coach's Corner on October 15, 2011, Don Cherry expressed an apology for comments he made during a previous broadcast on October 6, 2011. Messrs. Grimson, Nilan and Thomson wish to state that they appreciate the words Mr. Cherry used and that the apology is accepted.

"Throughout the events of the last several days, there has been widespread speculation with respect to whether the above-named individuals will pursue legal recourse as a result of Mr. Cherry's comments during the October 6 broadcast. Messrs. Grimson, Nilan and Thomson wish to state that they do not intend to pursue such recourse, as a group."

During the first intermission of the Maple-Leafs-Montreal Canadiens game on the opening night of the NHL season, Cherry overshadowed the play on the ice when he verbally targeted Thomson, Nilan and Grimson who were well known for their penchant for dropping the gloves. According to Cherry's on-air rant, all three allegedly have suggested that fighting could - maybe even should - be out of the game.

"If there's one thing I'm not, it's a hypocrite," Cherry said during the telecast. "You guys were fighters, and now you don't want guys to make the same living you did."

In the same segment, Cherry was livid over alleged connections made in public linking the off-season deaths of Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak with their roles as tough guys, which some have said caused the three players to become depressed.

"The ones I am really disgusted with -- a bunch of pukes that fought before -- (are) Stu Grimson, Chris Nilan and Jim Thomson. (They say) 'Oh, the reason that they're drinking, (taking) drugs and alcoholics is because they fight.' You turncoats. You hypocrites," Cherry continued as co-host Ron MacLean looked on.

A day after making those contorversial comments, Cherry told the Toronto Sun that he would not apologize for anything other than using the term "bunch of pukes," feeling such language was inappropriate when kids were watching.

Grimson, Thomson and Nilan responded by announcing through the same Nashville-based law firm last week that they would explore their options, which many took to mean potential legal action.

But any hard feelings seemed to be softened when Cherry owned up to his mistake during Saturday's Coach's Corner segment, which aired during the first intermission of the Leafs-Calgary Flames game.

Now all seems forgiven.

Play nice, boys.


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