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Rob Ford triggers social media circus at Leafs game

Posted by Chris Bateman / April 6, 2014

toronto ford leafsRob Ford went to the Leafs game last night. It was never going to end quietly. Reports surfaced on social media yesterday evening that the Toronto's chief magistrate had been ejected from the Air Canada Centre (again), but those rumours were quickly squashed by people with eyes on the mayor.

According to the Toronto Star, it appears things took a bad turn when Ford was denied entrance to the exclusive Directors' Lounge at the ACC and became "upset," in the words of Councillor Frank Di Giorgio, who was at the game with the mayor. He said Ford thought the rebuke was a political move because he voted against MLSE's proposed expansion of BMO Field.

"That's politics, it's bullshit," he was filmed telling a security guard as fans chanted "Robbie, Robbie."

Ford was swamped by Leafs fans during the game which, by the way, the team lost 4-2 to the Winnipeg Jets. Di Giorgio said the pair became separated in the melee. It appears that the mayor returned to his office at City Hall and then went to Muzik nightclub, where he appeared in a blurry picture posted to Twitter.

Ford was famously booted from a Leafs game while a city councillor in 2006 for drunkenly yelling at other fans.

Here's how last night's events unfolded on social media.

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.



Drew / April 6, 2014 at 12:49 pm
A free innocent man is allowed out in public y'all. NON NEWS
Almostfamous / April 6, 2014 at 01:05 pm
The hangers-on seem to be decidedly under the age of 30-35. Is it a technology thing or is it a sub-35s, of which I am one, are inordinately drawn to disaster celebrity in the hopes of making themselves immortal and/or important through the act of association? Anyone who poses with this clown run the risk of the wrong kind of association.
NotThatDave replying to a comment from Drew / April 6, 2014 at 01:06 pm
Yes, but when said man is the chief magistrate of a major city it's disgraceful. When this fat bastard is out of office it will become non-news, only then can we move past this side show.
Drew replying to a comment from NotThatDave / April 6, 2014 at 01:15 pm
You can start ignoring and move on at anytime. Feel free to reach out to your media outlets and let them know your tired of this nonsense reporting
Amy replying to a comment from Almostfamous / April 6, 2014 at 01:17 pm
The under 35s are the ones that rarely show up to vote, and don't really understand the impacts of all this, there more interested in the Perez Hilton style scandal reporting...
Savannah replying to a comment from Drew / April 6, 2014 at 01:51 pm
Except he's not 'innocent' Drew - he's admitted to committing serious crimes - purchasing illegal drugs, driving drunk - and there's video evidence he smokes crack with the very gangsters he says finds abhorrent. And until he stops showing up wasted in public there's no reason to think he isn't continuing to commit crimes.
moleski / April 6, 2014 at 02:14 pm
Why did you cut out the part of the evening after he left the ACC but before he went to the nightclub where he returned to City Hall and reporters there noticed a plasticky-rubber burning smell?
W. K. Lis / April 6, 2014 at 02:17 pm
Hockey game? What hockey game? Ice hockey at the Air Canada Centre. Oh, that hockey game.
In a drunken stupor / April 6, 2014 at 03:00 pm
If you want to get hammered in public, buy some bottled water, empty out the water and refill it with Iceberg vodka...everyone assumes you're on the wagon when in fact you are quickly getting out of,your gourd. Cheers! Shout out to my home boys at Steak queen
Stu / April 6, 2014 at 03:01 pm
Just another day in Rob Ford's life, so what?
Mark / April 6, 2014 at 03:05 pm
This really must strike fear into the campaigns of Tory and Chow. Anyone think that they could come close to getting this kind of reception anywhere in public?
Mark / April 6, 2014 at 03:54 pm
The only way Chow gets a reaction like that is at a union fundraiser not out in public and Tory couldn't get a reception like that unless he was handing out $100 bills. Ford is popular with the people, Chow is popular with Union parasites and Tory is popular with no one.
Jürgen / April 6, 2014 at 04:52 pm
I hope, he will be re-elected.
The alternatives are worse, a lot worse for Toronto.
Greg / April 6, 2014 at 05:21 pm
Missing is went down at City Hall, "allegedly" smoking crack in his office, then heading out to Muzik after security guards lead him from his Escalade and poured him into a cab. Douggie is out of town in Florida, so the cat will play.
Dan / April 6, 2014 at 05:32 pm
FORD more Years :) replying to a comment from aDawg / April 6, 2014 at 07:08 pm
This could be your chance...
Drew replying to a comment from Savannah / April 6, 2014 at 07:42 pm
Yes but these are all small personal crimes.We all JWalk, see people smoking close to entrances that state no smoking within 50 feet of the door, texting and driving, talking on the phone and driving, speeding.

Most of us arent innocent 100%
matts replying to a comment from Drew / April 6, 2014 at 09:18 pm
"Most of us arent innocent 100%" ... and of course this excuses everything Ford does.

Thank you for playing!

(We all lose)
Steven / April 6, 2014 at 11:09 pm
The title should read, 'Social media triggers circus at Leafs game.'
Assert / April 7, 2014 at 01:47 am
Y'all still arguing over this shyte? Lets get Ford AND Chow out of this fucking race! Both of them are not qualified.

THEN I want to see John Tory and David Saganaki debate it out! Both are smart men and both will optimize their campaigns along the way. We need to get the static the fuzz out now so we can focus on the real deals...
Shane / April 7, 2014 at 06:46 am
John Tory is only running to make sure Olivia doesn't win in the off chance that Ford is arrested. Once it becomes clear that Ford will not be arrested John will drop out of the race to avoid splitting the vote. This will not be scored as an official at bat for Tory and will not count as another loss.
Sabrett hot dog cart / April 7, 2014 at 07:55 am
Move on people nothing to see here. Why is this even news? Rob ford was not ejected. People are trying hard to bring the guy down by trying to make something out of nothing.
Blob Ford / April 7, 2014 at 08:45 am
Time for a public removal of Rob Ford. If this were any of us in our jobs we would be fired.. Go eat a bucket of chicken you fat pig of a mayor.. You may have saved the taxpayers a bit of money but along with it, ou have embarrassed and ridiculed the city of Toronto. You say you want to do good things for the city??? Step down and let it get back to a normal functioning city!
Terry / April 7, 2014 at 09:10 am
Big deal the guy went out abd tried to have a good time and was denied entry. This same thing happened at every night club in club district on Saturday night.....move on phuck-tards
Rhonda / April 7, 2014 at 09:14 am
Time for a public removal? We'd all be fired for this? What??!!! Ummm you must have a pretty shitty job if theyd fire you for having a few pints at a leafs game. Should the arrest the entire audience? Think, use your mind, the truth is out there
Rob Ford / April 7, 2014 at 09:44 am
I'm lying about what happened at the ACC. I was a lirtle drunk and, as you know, I lose control when I drink (which is ALL thw tine). So I tried to crash a private party, was barred, got really, really mad, security restraine me - big fuckin' deal!) and I stormed out, went to City Hall, drank some more, went clubbin', drank some more. Now it's HANGOVER, Part Deux, so don't look for me at work...I'm "visiting constituents" ...just ask the font of honesty, Mr. Sandro Lisi, my hound dog!
Doug Ford / April 7, 2014 at 10:00 am
So Rob's a liar. So what, it doesn't matter, trust me, everybody is a liar. Zing, the end!
Rob Ford / April 7, 2014 at 10:03 am
Help! Help! My (huge) George Richard's Big 'n Tall pants are on fire! It's a five alarmer!
Terry Apologist replying to a comment from Terry / April 7, 2014 at 10:05 am
"Big deal the guy went out smoked some crack, beat his wife, drove drunk, and made our City a laughingstock, he was just having fun"

Um...Terry, how far are you willing to go to apologize for the mayor? What if he's still smoking crack? Or that it's proven conclusively he had that guy beat up? Will you still defend him if he drives drunk and hits another car and kills everyone inside? Is found screwing prostitutes? Or that all these years he's been touching his kids inappropriately?

Okay, dispense with the hypotheticals...just answer me this: what exactly IS the line the Mayor would have to cross to have you turn your back on him?

Simple enough question...but somehow I think you won't be able to answer it without being a smartass. Probably because it'll reflect on your character rather than his. and the last thing you'd ever admit to being is a "phuck-tard", as you so eloquently put it.

So, tough guy, your move...
Rob Ford / April 7, 2014 at 10:06 am
Well, you just can't light up a crack pipe with alcohol soaked Big Boy Pants! Boys and Girls, remember that!
Rhonda('s Fonda Tinfoil Hats) replying to a comment from Rhonda / April 7, 2014 at 10:08 am
"Think, use your mind, the truth is out there"

Hey Rhonda, nutbar conspiracy theorists called from 1991, they want you to name you an honourary Scully.
Koffi Master / April 7, 2014 at 10:15 am
Anyone reading this with two kids and a wife: On a Saturday nite, do ya stay home or spend time with your family (i.e. take them to a leafs game) OR do you fill a dasani bottle with vodka, go to the leafs game with a not-so-smart councillor, cause a ruckus, shiw visible signs of publc drunkeness, ditch your game buddy, head to your office at city hall for an odd length of time, then show up at muzik nightclub, smelling like burnt plastic, redfaced and obviously mentally unbalanced? Things that make you go hmmmm? If the OPP cleared me of any wrongdoing or extortion, Id celebrate as well. Just not with crack. Your taxes going to hard-working city mayor robert bruce ford and his absantee brotha.
Tough Guy / April 7, 2014 at 10:27 am
680News reports the only reason Ford was denied access was a private party was happening at the time. Someone's twisting the truth again.

Heard the good news? No charges for Ford because no evidence. The provincial Liberals, on the otherhand, are in deep shit. Ha-ha!

Fact: No one whose smart enough to vote for Ford, will be changing their minds anytime soon. On the otherhand, many leftees have converted to Ford Nation.

Toronto loves Ford.
Rhonda replying to a comment from Rhonda('s Fonda Tinfoil Hats) / April 7, 2014 at 10:51 am
Just because 10 people make the same assumption and spread it through social media doesn't make it true. Just like when Ford lies just because he repeats it 10 times it doesn't make it true. The truth is out there, use your mind, think for yourself.
Davy Gravy replying to a comment from Tough Guy / April 7, 2014 at 11:46 am
It's easy to spot a Ford voter. They're the people who can't spell "who's" and "lefties," among other things.

And whichever dullard decided it would be clever and relevant to start yammering about the provincial Liberals every time Ford's revolting conduct is noted is painfully stupid. "The provincial Liberals" could be running around setting fire to parked cars and vandalizing old age homes and it wouldn't change a damn thing about your boy's lousy performance as mayor, never mind his shabby personal life and his appalling criminal ties. Pitifully trying to change the subject by mewling about the Liberals or anything else just makes you look desperate, but of course you are desperate, since you know full well that Bozo the Mayor's time is almost up. You just won't admit it.

We'll see how much "Toronto loves Ford" this fall when he finds himself out of a job and forced to go back to Deco to run that operation into the ground as well.
Ford Nation shows up to the polls will you? replying to a comment from Davy Gravy / April 7, 2014 at 12:04 pm
Let's just hope your side turns up to vote this time so you can't scream voter apathy as to why Ford gets in.

Voter turnout in Toronto jumped in the 2010 municipal election that saw Rob Ford ushered in as mayor hitting
53% of the city voted in 2010
39% in 2006
38% in 2003
Irwin Mimico, Mayor's Dog / April 7, 2014 at 05:38 pm
Why would Mr. Ford be kept out of a party when he's so much fun?
Okay Tough Guy... replying to a comment from Tough Guy / April 7, 2014 at 09:39 pm
So...answer the question: how far are you willing to go to apologize for the mayor? What would make you stop voting for him? Like me for instance, if Solnacki or Tory don't show me substance on a few different key points, I may hold my nose and vote for Chow.

Mostly I imagine if Ford repeals his repeal of the registration fee, you might have second thoughts. Or if he hiked property taxes significantly. But you seem like an educated guy, and I don't want to put words in your mouth, so I'll give you back the floor.

I'm curious
Frod Nayshun / April 8, 2014 at 05:11 am
Frank di giogio changed his story: the mayor jumped in other ppls private boxes at the game posing for pics. Rockster he isnt. Leader of a nation of supporters he isnt. He got votes in 2010 bcuz areas of toronto like scarborough, etobicoke, east york are not part of the political and educated clan that is downtown (people against ford). Ford won bcuz of his campaign manager the greek guy working on Torys campaign: classic divide+conquer strategy, pitting one income class against the other. Ford supporters also dont have time to listen to the educated rhetoric of Chow, Socknaki. And Stinz/Tory are too white collar to uave a connection with Toronto masses. Ford is a liar and an elitist who is the total opposite of most Torontonians who are largely conservative. Its sadly not going to be a mayoral race about convincing people who to Trust. Its about who slings the most bu!!$h¡t.
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