Don Cherry takes issue with female reporters in male dressing rooms

Don Cherry believes female reporters shouldn't be in male dressing rooms at sporting events....

Don Cherry believes female reporters shouldn't be in male dressing rooms at sporting events. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency/Files)

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Don Cherry is at it again.

Nearly a week after his "good buddy" Duncan Keith was embroiled in controversy for a terse comment he made toward a female reporter, Cherry made waves when he came to the defence of the Chicago Blackhawks' blueliner.

"The male reporters went a little nuts and everything like that and now he's a sexist and all that stuff," he started out on Coach's Corner Saturday. "I don't believe women should be in the male dressing room."

You could feel co-host Ron MacLean's anguish as he cringed beside Cherry.

Cherry regaled the audience with a tale of his "first time" with a female reporter in the locker room, saying he was embarrassed to do an interview with naked players walking around.

"I totally think a woman can be in the dressing room," MacLean chimed in. "I do believe a lot of guys take advantage and they are sexist. Duncan Keith wasn't even close. He was hot about the fact she was making a call."

After arguing about equal opportunity in the workplace for a couple of minutes, Cherry finished by stating, "I don't feel women are equal. I feel they're above us. And I think they're on a pedestal. And they should not be walking in when naked guys are walking in and you know some guys take advantage of it. I don't think it should be."

In a post-game interview after last Monday's loss to the Vancouver Canucks, Team 1040 Radio's Karen Thomson told Keith it looked like there was a slash by the defenceman that went undetected by the refs following a Daniel Sedin goal.

"Oh, no. I don't think there was," Keith said. "I think he scored a nice goal, and that's what the ref saw. Maybe we should get you as a ref maybe, hey?

"First female referee. You can't probably play either, right? But you're thinking the game, like you know it? See ya."

Keith's comments were deemed a sexist attack by some in the press and social media while others dismissed the outrage.


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