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, 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, 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 such as 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.
"Mr. Cherry's comments were more than inappropriate; they were baseless and slanderous," the statement said. "Furthermore, Mr. Cherry's subsequent attempt to qualify his comments on (Saturday) Oct. 8, 2011, was entirely ineffectual.
"Mr. Cherry's conduct throughout has demonstrated a complete lack of decency."
The notice did not specify what further action the former hockey players might take nor did it offer a timeline.
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