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Don Cherry Rally To Be Held In Support Of Fired Sports Personality In Toronto

In case you didn't know, Don Cherry has been fired. But it seems his supporters aren't taking the decision easily as a Don Cherry rally is being held in Toronto in support of the recently fired host of Coach's Corner. The rally is taking place outside of Sportsnet studios HQ at 1 Mount Pleasant Road.

According to the Toronto Sun, about 200 people are expected to show up in support of Cherry and against his recent firing when the rally takes place starting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13.

And the rally has some high-profile local support, too.

The former mayor of Mississauga, 98-year-old Hazel McCallion, is supporting the rally and urging people who were outraged by Cherry's sacking to turn up in numbers. McCallion is unable to attend the event herself due to a board meeting.

Just recently, players from the Toronto Maple Leafs were asked for their thoughts on Cherry's Remembrance Day comments. Leafs players admitted they were "disappointed" by the "unacceptable" remarks.

But McCallion insists Cherry, whom she has known personally for decades, is no racist.

According to Global News, she believes Cherry had no malicious intent but should have used other words to express himself.

"He should have said all Canadians are not paying attention to Armistice Day or wearing the poppy. That's what he should have said," McCallion told Global News Radio AM640.

While plenty of people supported the decision to sack Cherry, there was also a significant group defending the veteran broadcaster.

In fact, #BoycottSportsnet was trending on Twitter after his dismissal, as some Cherry fans looked to cancel the network.

A petition, "Bring back Don Cherry", has also been started and has more than 180,000 signatures.

According to the Sun, McCallion says she is "very upset about how Sportsnet has handled the situation with Don Cherry." 

"I feel I have to say something because all of this has been blown way out of proportion over the interpretation of what he said," said "Hurricane" Hazel.

And it seems at least some people agree with McCallion's interpretation of events, judging by the fact they're willing to turn out in public support of Cherry.

Whether or not you agree with its intentions, the rally is being held at 1 Mount Pleasant Rd. in Toronto, outside the Rogers building, at 1 p.m. on November 13.

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