Don Cherry says Evander Kane's race claim is ridiculous

Don Cherry has fired back at Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane for his claims that racism is...

Don Cherry has fired back at Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane for his claims that racism is behind much of his criticism. (REUTERS file photo)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:39 PM ET

Don Cherry started by saying he’s an Evander Kane fan, has been since the start.

Hockey Night in Canada’s resident rabble-rouser says he was even in Kane’s corner after the Jets forward posted the infamous money photo during the NHL lockout: Kane standing on a Las Vegas balcony, holding wads of bills and pretending to make a cash call to boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr..

“I was the one that stuck up for him,” Cherry said. “I said, ‘Look he’s just a kid havin’ fun.’ He’s only 21 years old. But he’s gotta straighten out a little. You can’t be a loose canon in hockey. You can in football and you can in basketball, but not in hockey.”

Cherry, on the eve of a flight to Winnipeg for Friday’s Jets-Pittsburgh game — his only trip to Winnipeg this season — wasn’t sticking up for Kane, Thursday, though.


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