Rob Ford triggers social media circus at Leafs game
Rob 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.