Bobby Orr defends Don Cherry

Don Cherry (CTV News)

Legendary Boston Bruins defenceman Bobby Orr is coming to the defence of Don Cherry.  

Days after hockey icon Don Cherry was fired for comments made during a Coach's Corner segment, Orr is standing behind his former coach and long-time friend. 

“I know Grapes better than anyone. He’s not a bigot and he’s not a racist,” Orr said. “What they’ve done to him up there is disgraceful. It really is.”

Orr made the comments on a Boston radio station yesterday.

Cherry was fired by Sportsnet on Monday after he complained immigrants whom he referred to as "you people"  weren't wearing poppies honouring veterans. 

Sportsnet has yet to announce what type of segment or who will replace Cherry tomorrow night.

Meantime, a cryptic tweet from Cherry himself yesterday. 

"Just want to thank everybody for all the support and kind words. You'll be hearing from me soon. Thumbs up!"