Don Cherry must apologize or could face lawsuit: sources

Accusing hockey’s best-known commentator of “a complete lack of decency,” three former NHL enforcers have raised the spectre of legal action against Don Cherry for controversial comments he made last week.

On Tuesday morning, the Nashville-based law firm Kay, Griffin, Enkema & Colbert released a statement saying former NHL players Chris Nilan, Jim Thomson and Stu Grimson are “considering further recourse” with regard to a rant Cherry made on Hockey Night in canada, calling these players “pukes,” “hypocrites” and “turncoats.”

It was because, according to Cherry, these players have recently said fighting should taken out of hockey.

While Thomson has made public statements saying clearly that fighting should be banned from the game, Grimson and Nilan have not.

The statement said some of the ex-players named have suffered from issues like drug or alcohol addiction and mental illness, which have become part of the larger debate surrounding fighting in hockey following the off-ice deaths of three players in recent months — Wade Belak, Rick Rypien and Derek Boogaard.

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