Toronto mayor, as volunteer football coach, made players roll in geese droppings, school board papers allege
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.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Greece gets one more breath from EU
- Russia: Don’t let selfie kill you
- Nuke talks push past extended deadline
- Afghan delegation to meet Taliban
- Marijuana reform advances in Chile
- British pause for decade of pain that begun with country’s worst terror attack
- EU awaits Greek plan for bailout
- Pakistani military says it achieved major victory over Islamist terrorists
- Iraqi fighter jet drops bomb over Baghdad, kills 12 people
- Bombs at mosque, restaurant in central Nigerian city kill 44
- Egypt proposes anti-terrorism measures in response to attacks by Islamist militants