Don Cherry has come to the defence of his Coach's Corner partner Ron MacLean.
MacLean landed in hot water earlier this week by suggesting during a Hockey Night in Canada broadcast that a French-Canadian referee should not have been assigned to Game 4 of the NHL playoff series between the Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
MacLean's comment, which did not come during a Coach's Corner segment, followed a controversial call by another French-Canadian referee in Game 3 that helped lead to a Montreal victory.
The Canadiens went on to win the series in four games.
MacLean apologized on air for the comment, saying, "It's divisive any time you become about French and English in our country. But I didn't intend to go down that path."
He was not reprimanded by the CBC.
Cherry weighed in with a series of tweets Friday. Here's what was posted on his official Twitter account:
1) I read in the paper where Ron MacLean was supposed to have said the Quebec referee doing the Montreal-Tampa Bay game was not qualified.— Don Cherry (@CoachsCornerCBC) April 25, 2014
2) He did not say that at all. Check it out. In actual fact, he was trying to protect the ref. It is ironic that Ron MacLean would be— Don Cherry (@CoachsCornerCBC) April 25, 2014
3) perceived as Anti-French when in reality he loves Quebec. He speaks french, loves multiculturalism, bilingualism and all that stuff and— Don Cherry (@CoachsCornerCBC) April 25, 2014
4) refers to Quebec as "La Belle Province" and always shows Montreal at it's best in the opening of our shows. Life is strange. I remember— Don Cherry (@CoachsCornerCBC) April 25, 2014
5) a coach saying after a game in Toronto, when a referee from Toronto refereed the game, he said and I quote "No way a referee from Toronto— Don Cherry (@CoachsCornerCBC) April 25, 2014
6) should referee a game with the Toronto Maple Leafs." You know what happened? Nothing. You know why? Nobody cared.— Don Cherry (@CoachsCornerCBC) April 25, 2014