It was in reference to his colleague Ron MacLean, who is in St. John's for a Rogers Hometown Hockey event.
MacLean told Cherry he had eaten a seal burger, which was prepared by Todd Perrin of Mallard Cottage restaurant in Quidi Vidi.
Cherry joked that MacLean ate a "little baby seal," adding, "What are you, a savage, a barbarian?"
Social media was — and continues to be filled with outrage about Cherry's comments, with many people wanting him to apologize.
One user on Twitter posted, "According to Don Cherry, my Inuk friends are savages because they eat seal. The network should fire him for his racist remark."
Another wrote, "I'm proud to be Inuk and to be called a barbarian is just unacceptable, Don Cherry you don't have the right to call me or my people that!"
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