Don Cherry says “No” to women in the locker room

Leave it to Don Cherry to spice up a dull Saturday night. During his regular appearance on Hockey Night in Canada, the bombastic curmudgeon opened his weekly CBC segment commenting on the controversy over Chicago's Duncan Keith who snapped at a female reporter in Vancouver earlier this week. Cherry forgetting that women have had access to locker rooms for a couple of generations now, said they should not be allowed in. 

At about 2:22 of the video posted below Cherry said: “I don’t believe, and I really believe this… I don’t believe women should be allowed in the male dressing room. I … now, wait a minute … I remember the first time it happened to me. Guys are walking around naked and I hear this woman’s voice and I turn around and there’s a woman, and she’s asking me about the power play, and I say let’s go outside, and she said ‘I’m not embarrassed,’ and I said, ‘I’m embarrassed.’”

http://youtube.com/watch?v=rPUzCgpUm2s?rel=0

This pic taken by Steve Faguy, a copy editor at the Montreal Gazette shows host Ron MacLean's reaction and he's looking as if to say, "I wanna get away and get away right now." Poor Ron.

Cherry who is no stranger to controversy has another one on his hands. He's managed to survive storms dating back to the 1980's, but one has to imagine that CBC may not want to put up with the Wrath of Grapes for much longer. 

Ed Note: The Association for Women in Sports Media posted a response on their Facebook page calling it "as sexist as it is outdated."

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