One incident in Toronto in early November has grabbed the headlines more than any other. The Don Cherry firing has seen people both celebrating and bemoaning his dismissal, and now one legendary NHL star has weighed in. Bobby Orr says it's "disgraceful" the way Cherry has been treated.\nOrr told Boston radio station WEEI on Thursday that he strongly disagreed with the decision to fire Cherry. In fact, he thinks it's "disgraceful."\n"I know Grapes better than anybody," Orr said, per CTV. "He's not a bigot and he's not a racist. This guy is the most generous, caring guy that I know.\n"What they've done to him up there is disgraceful, it really is. It's a new world, I guess. Freedom of speech doesn't matter."\nOrr's comments are steeped in personal history. The former player, who some call the greatest defenceman of all time, was coached by Cherry during his time with the Boston Bruins in the 1970s.\nCherry, of course, was fired by Rogers Sportsnet on Monday after decades on the broadcasting team. He was dismissed as a result of comments made about Canadian immigrants and Remembrance Day.\nHis dismissal, while supported by plenty of viewers and observers, has also seen a great deal of protest.\nBobby Orr on Don Cherry (@CoachsCornerDC) fired from Sportsnet:"I know Grapes better than anyone. He's not a bigot and he's not a racist"@GlennDOrdway @LouMerloni @christianfauria pic.twitter.com/UfesH0zscC— OMF (@OMFonWEEI) November 14, 2019\nThat resistance from his fans has come in many forms.\nFirst, it was a boycott of Sportsnet and Rogers by angry customers. Then, a petition to have him reinstated surfaced and rapidly gained significant support.\nOn Thursday, there was even a rally held outside Sportsnet HQ, although the turnout was less than impressive.\nHell, he's even already received a job offer from a Russian KHL team.\nAnd it seems someone even vandalized Toronto's cenotaph out of anger that Cherry was dismissed.\nParry Sound-born Orr, who says he's chatted to Cherry every day since Monday's firing, added that Cherry is getting "nice calls" and "wonderful support" from friends in Boston.\nOrr is undoubtedly a Canadian legend, but the general reaction to his opinion was one of disappointment.\nHuge Bruins fan here. Grew up watching Orr's every move. Had his signed poster, read everything about him. He fed critical info (to reporter Russ Conway) to bring down Eagleson. Known to be fiercely loyal to friends like Cherry. In this case? #4 is dead wrong. #BobbyOrr— W. Grant Fleming (@WGFBruin) November 15, 2019\nMotion to officially consider Cherry and Orr Bostonians instead of Canadians https://t.co/7eWTWjl1l2— Joseph Casciaro (@JosephCasciaro) November 14, 2019\nActually, it's Bobby Orr's support of abysmally-ignorant. loud-mouthed fascist bigot Don Cherry is what's both disgusting and disheartening. Too bad Orr thinks it's more important to back his buddy than to stand up for what's right. #DonCherry— Henry McRandall (@henry_mcrandall) November 15, 2019\nHow do I rewind to three days ago when I didn't know Bobby Orr was a Tucker Carlson fan or hear him defend Don Cherry— Scott McLaughlin (@smclaughlin9) November 14, 2019\nReally, Bobby? Have you watched and listened to some of the old videos of your buddy, never mind the most recent ones? It is Don Cherry whose behaviour has often been disgraceful, and we allowed him to get away with it for far too long.— donna flick (@Fujikatsan) November 15, 2019\nIs anyone really surprised by Bobby Orr's opinion on the Cherry situation?— N_Dew 🦋 (@CaptainPuckPain) November 15, 2019\nThough a Gretzky era kid, I'm very familiar with Orr's legacy and of course the iconic image of him diving across the goal crease. But his statement to the defense of Cherry reminds us that sometimes it's better not to meet your heros. https://t.co/PvvlcoauEW— Conal Campbell (@conalcampbell) November 15, 2019\nPeople haven't been afraid to voice their displeasure at Cherry's comments and the whole debacle, too, though.\nPerhaps most notably, some Toronto Maple Leafs stars including captain John Tavares and coach Mike Babcock criticized Cherry on camera when asked for their thoughts.\nRogers and Sportsnet are yet to confirm how Hockey Night in Canada will proceed without Cherry.\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.