Rob Ford proved that he still does not get it by attending a Canadian Football League (CFL) playoff game to watch the Toronto Argonauts take on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday, despite having been asked not to do so by the commissioner of the CFL, Mark Cohon.
After last week’s news that Ford admitted to using and buying crack cocaine and binge drinking, and allegations of entertaining a prostitute in his City Hall office surfaced, not to mention the vulgar way he denied asking a female staff member for oral sex on live TV while sporting a Toronto Argonauts jersey, the commissioner of the CFL requested that Ford stay away. The Chief Executive of the Argonauts, Chris Rudge, attempted to distance his team from any hint of Rob Ford, publicly calling Ford’s problems “an unfortunate situation for the city.”
Rob Ford is not one to be told what to do, as evidenced by the fact that he ignored the public request and went to the Rogers Centre in Toronto to see the match anyway. Showing defiance toward the order, Ford wore the same Argonauts jersey that he had worn during his vulgar TV interview, a jersey sporting the words “Mayor Ford” on the back.
The fans in attendance were very welcoming of Ford as they took pictures and shook his hand. Ford, a long-time fan of the Argonauts, held up a replica of the CFL championship trophy, which is known as the Grey Cup.
Not one to lay low, Rob Ford demonstrated that he still does not get it when he sat for an interview with Fox News. He also has plans to launch a current events show on the Sun News Network, who stepped in to offer Ford a public platform after his weekly Sunday afternoon radio broadcast was canceled by the station. The TV show will be a partnership with his brother and is to be called Ford Nation. Released clips of the show have surfaced that show Ford making a public call for the Toronto city council to take drug and alcohol tests.
For its part, the city council has taken up a motion to remove a large part of Ford’s mayoral powers. The motion has been endorsed by the majority of the council and would remove Ford’s office budget and staff. Because they do not have the power to remove the mayor from office, the motion to strip the mayor of most of his power is the most that the city council can do.
Arriving at City Hall Monday morning, Ford referred to the council’s actions as a “coup d’etat” and requested that they hold immediate elections. He has said that he will press charges against the council, who he accused of working against him because they disagreed with his political agenda.
One of Ford’s former political allies, council member Denzil Minnan-Wong, made it clear that the decision is not about politics, but about Ford’s behavior, stating “This is about embarrassing the city, his involvement with gangs, his involvement with crack cocaine. This is about his admission that he gets behind the wheel while drinking. He’s the worst spokesman for the city of Toronto right now.”
Ford clearly disagrees with the council’s assessment, saying “I’ve admitted to drinking too much. Okay. So I’m dealing with it. I’m training every day. I’m in the gym two hours every day. I’m seeking professional help. I’m not an alcoholic, I’m not a drug addict. Have I had my outbursts in the past? Absolutely. But you know what, I’m only human. I’ve made mistakes. I’ve apologized.”
Ford also announced his plan to one day run for the office of prime minister. Rob Ford still just does not get it.
Editorial by Jennifer Pfalz