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Cherry stands behind locker-room comments

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TORONTO -- Don Cherry hasn't changed his mind -- he still doesn't believe women should be in men's locker-rooms.

The CBC hockey commentator reiterated his opinion Wednesday during Hockey Night in Canada.

Cherry defended himself as the first coach in a major sports league to let women in the locker-room, which he did in the 1970s when former New York Times reporter Robin Herman covered the Boston Bruins. But Cherry said he wouldn't do that if he were coaching today.

"I'll tell you why I've changed my mind. I have seen things and I have heard of things that go on in the dressing room, when the women are in there, are disgusting," said Cherry, who added interviews with female reporters should take place in another room.

"If (players are) going to act the way they act... not everybody, you would not want your daughter or your sister in there. Believe me.

"I don't think women should be in there. ...You have to have respect for women and that's the way I feel."

Cherry's initial comments went viral Saturday after he discussed a controversy surrounding Chicago's Duncan Keith. The defenceman was criticized for delivering what some considered a sexist post-game putdown in Vancouver to reporter Karen Thomson.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 3, 2013 A2

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