02/08/2015 08:51 EST | Updated 04/10/2015 05:59 EDT

Don Cherry's 'Barbarian' Comments On Eating Seal Creates Social Media Outrage

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TORONTO, ON- MAY 6 - Television personality Don Cherry before the game as the Toronto Maple Leafs drop game 3 to the Boston Bruins 5-2 and now trail the first round series 2-1 in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, May 6, 2013. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Sports commentator Don Cherry created a stir on social media after giving his opinion on eating seal during Saturday night's Coach's Corner segment on the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast. 

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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