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Toronto mayor, as volunteer football coach, made players roll in geese droppings, school board papers allege

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By The Associated Press
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, 5:57 p.m.

TORONTO — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford once made players on a high school football team roll in geese droppings, according to newly released documents.

The scandal-plagued mayor was fired by a Toronto Catholic school last year as a volunteer coach because he made disparaging remarks to a TV network about parents and their children.

The documents from Toronto's Catholic School Board emerge as Ford seeks re-election on Oct. 27. His brother and campaign manager, Doug Ford, called the documents “fictitious rumors and allegations.”

The documents also allege the mayor showed up intoxicated for a Don Bosco team practice just before a city championship two years ago. John Royiwsky, a teacher-coach, reports in the documents that after the game in October 2012 Ford “made the players roll in goose scat” while berating them.

Ford returned to work on June 30 after a two-month rehab stint for drug and alcohol abuse. After months of denials, he acknowledged using crack in a “drunken stupor.”

The documents were released on Thursday through a freedom of information request from Canadian media.

Asked why Ford wasn't fired earlier, Toronto Catholic District School Board spokesman John Yan said the incidents came to light only after the board began a review of Ford after his television comments.

Ford characterized the parents as not caring about their kids. He said that the students were involved in gangs and guns, and that if it weren't for him, they would be in jail.

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