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Burke admits to complaining to CBC about Cherry

Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:44 am
Edited on: January 31, 2012 12:32 pm
Burke says Cherry and host Ron MacLean have 'vicious and cutting [remarks] on players and coach.' (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

We relayed to you a story over the weekend of Don Cherry saying that Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke isn't fond of the things Cherry has said about the Leafs and that Burke was even considering going to the CBC with his complaints.

Consider it done. From the Toronto Sun:

Maple Leafs president Brian Burke has admitted he did complain to the CBC about a Coach’s Corner segment in a bid to get them to “stop” the “vicious” criticism of his players and coach.

But, he said, it was not a personal complaint against Ron MacLean and Don Cherry, but was in the interest of protecting his team.

“I don’t dislike either of them,” Burke told QMI Agency Monday.

During the all-star weekend in Ottawa, Burke wouldn’t discuss whether he filed a complaint, saying the mid-season event was “hardly the time or place for a beef like this.”

Burke said he feels his confidence was somewhat betrayed.

“This is nuts,” said Burke, adding he “raised (the) issue quietly and professionally” and then “they leak it. Nuts.”

Nuts sort of describes the whole story, doesn't it?

Burke is an old-school guy, from lamenting the rats running the league to challenging Kevin Lowe to a fight in a barn set in the backwoods. An affront to him or his family (in this case, his team) will be dealt with.

One of the affronts in this case was Cherry referring to Leafs coach Ron Wilson as a Napoleon ype, saying “I don’t like him ... I don’t like the way he treats the players.”

But complaining about a national commentator's opinion of your team and coach? It's so hard for me to figure out when Burke is being professional and when he's being petulant. I mean I guess he could have challenged Cherry to a fight in a barn.

Everybody knows what/who Cherry is anymore, he's loud for the sake of being loud, his job is to entertain while also being a pundit. I don't know of anybody who puts much stock into what Cherry says in his weekly Coach's Corner segments. Except now for Burke.

The whole story underscores something that I find rather impressive: Burke's ability to succeed despite caring so much what others say. Usually, that's not a trait that will help somebody, particularly in a business like hockey in a market such as Toronto.

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Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 3:01 pm

Burke admits to complaining to CBC about Cherry

Burke is like the talented, petulant kid when you were growing up who could dish it out; but couldn't take it.

What did you expect going to Toronto, where they believe the entire league revolves around them? Just make the playoffs and everything will be fine....... for a bit until the fan base starts demanding a Cup..... or at least a Finals appearance.

As they said on Train 48: "It's spring again and the Leafs are gone." 

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 2:20 pm

Burke admits to complaining to CBC about Cherry

Apparently, the rash of head injuries has spread from the ice to the front offices. Burke should really get himself checked out.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 2:05 pm

Burke admits to complaining to CBC about Cherry

If the Leafs happen to miss the playoffs -- something they are well capable of doing, even given their current position -- Wilson's new contract will come back to haunt Burke, and then watch Cherry pile it on.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:14 pm

Burke admits to complaining to CBC about Cherry

Burke needs a muzzle.    I thought he always liked the "character" guys that can handle the criticism and spotlight in Toronto.   Oh Burkie.    He thought they wouldn't leak something like that, lol.    Wow, the guy is really out of his mind sometimes.  

Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:06 pm

Burke admits to complaining to CBC about Cherry

In retrospect, it occurs to me that there could be some confusion here, so I'll state that the Brian I was referring to is Burke, not Stubits.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 12:55 pm

Burke admits to complaining to CBC about Cherry

What a putz,...I would be ashamed to have thius 'man' running my team. But then again I would never wear that jersey, so what difference does it make. Actually,.. he kind of epitomizes the entire culture of that team and it home base. Arrogant posturing, without the clout to back it up. 

Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 12:46 pm

Burke admits to complaining to CBC about Cherry

Lol. Way to be an even bigger clown than Grapes is, Brian. Well done.

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