On second thought: the threat of legal action against him seems to have helped Don Cherry rethink his attack on the former NHL enforcers he called “pukes, turncoats and hypocrites.” (Leon T Switzer/ Icon SMI)
By Stu Hackel
The Great Apology was issued on Saturday night, Don Cherry admitting to the world that he had thrown three former NHL fighters, “my kind of guys, under the bus.” He set the record straight, saying he was wrong to claim that two of them had come out against fighting and linked their problems with substance abuse and addiction to their former occupation.
That might end the matter in one sense, because the three former enforcers – Stu Grimson, Chris Nilan and Jim Thomson — said they’d now drop their threat of legal action against Cherry. Nilan, who expressed dismay that a man he thought of as a friend had inexplicably turned on him, subsequently tweeted that he and Cherry “are friends once again.” But while the lawyers may now stand down and the friendship appears repaired, Grimson wants you to know that he isn’t letting Cherry off the hook so easily.