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Tearful Doug says Rob Ford let Toronto down

Posted by Chris Bateman / May 1, 2014

toronto doug fordA visibly emotional Doug Ford said his brother "let people down" with his actions over the last week, appearing in a new series of drug-related videos and making sexist and racist remarks in an Etobicoke bar. Speaking at City Hall a short time ago, Ford did not offer any more information about his brother's leave of absence from the mayor's office and the campaign trail, nor did he directly refer to drugs.

"This is one of the toughest days of my life, but in saying that I also have a sense of relief," he said. "As an older brother, I'm relieved that Rob has faced his problems and decided to seek professional help."

In an explosive few hours last night, the Globe and Mail revealed it had paid $10,000 for a series of still images taken from a video that appears to show Rob Ford holding a pipe. The same evening, the Toronto Sun published an audio recording in which Ford says he would like to "jam" Karen Stintz and refers to someone as a "wop."

"Rob was very emotional when he told me the hardest thing about this is he knows he let people down," Doug said. "He let his family down, he let his friends down, he let his colleagues down, he let his supporters down, and the people of Toronto."

"I love my brother," he said, beginning to cry. "I'll continue to stand by my brother and his family throughout this difficult journey."

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



Sandman / May 1, 2014 at 11:43 am
How tough can it be for Dougie???

He's an enabler -- he's known about this for years!?!?!

Doug Ford / May 1, 2014 at 11:43 am
Really, I had no idea he was like this.
j-rock / May 1, 2014 at 11:45 am
Worst brother ever. His constant excuses, attacks and lies, on behalf of his very obviously sick sibling, have merely enabled Rob, and allowed things to get to this point. I hope for everyone's sake that we never hear from either of the brothers Ford ever again. But what are the chances of that?
Go away Doug. / May 1, 2014 at 11:45 am
Boo hoo. The Ford family's been caught. Again.

All of them need to go away for a long time and not come back. Go shit up someone else's city. Be Jim Lahey and Randy elsewhere.
Jahn / May 1, 2014 at 11:46 am
So....nothing but crocodile tears from Doug. Where's Rob going and for how long? No mention of rehab or smoking crack with his sister? No excuses for the sexist and racist comments?

This entire family is a disgrace and should be run out of town. Kind of like how Rob suggested that we run the gangbangers out of town...before we knew that he was smoking crack with them.
Alison / May 1, 2014 at 11:47 am
This is so sad. Besides the fact that Rob Ford let the city down, he has a serious problem with addiction, and his family has enabled him the entire way. Don't believe the tears coming from Doug. He's more upset that he could be losing his power in the city and possibly control over his brother. What a sad place to be when you can't even trust those closest to you.

The city will move on from this, but I worry Rob Ford, as a person, will not.
Lil Robbie F / May 1, 2014 at 11:49 am
I meant jam like Space Balls, guys.
Ian / May 1, 2014 at 11:51 am
People with problems do this to their family all the time. Have you ever seen any of the addiction shows?

If there is an addiction in the family, the whole family becomes sick and enablers.

Give it a rest people. Now's your chance to listen to the other candidates that you've been ignoring due to the Rob Ford Circus.
Tom / May 1, 2014 at 11:53 am
Many families that don't want to be enablers throw their kids out of the house so that you can ignore them as they try and squeegee your car window.

Should we stick with family or throw them out?
Alexandra Sandra Lisa / May 1, 2014 at 11:55 am
What else do you expect from the crack mayor.
cathy / May 1, 2014 at 11:58 am
Rob Ford has been letting the city down since the day he got elected.
Adam / May 1, 2014 at 11:58 am
You know these fools think this is actually going to help their campaign/Rob's re-election chances. It it just may. He goes away for a month, comes back "clean" as a whistle and a "changed" man, and all is forgiven. Hurray Rob Ford, you beat addiction! Please continue to be my mayor! Ugh....
Chuck / May 1, 2014 at 11:59 am
Just wondering, where was Project Brazen 2 while all of these activities were going on? He was meeting with drug dealers and Sandro Lisi, etc etc. Did they not know any of this was happening or did they monitor and let it happen?
iSkyscraper / May 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm
Shut the fuck up, Doug. You created and fed this monster, and you owe the people of Toronto big time for your puppeteering and all the damage caused not just by late-night ridicule but by the truly ignorant and stupid policies you tried to have your brother enact.

Isn't it just karmic and poetic that the newspapers that finally brought Ford down were the Sun and the Globe? Sure, the Star had that gossipy Muzik story in the works but no one can claim partisan politics this time.
Cairene / May 1, 2014 at 12:01 pm
PLEASE spare us the crocodile tears. They've been "letting people" down every day and night for years.
Cairene replying to a comment from Cairene / May 1, 2014 at 12:01 pm
Liam / May 1, 2014 at 12:02 pm
I guess with Rob Ford stepping aside we really better start really focusing on the other candidates and what they're offering us.

The anyone but Ford may no longer apply....
Kathy, Randy, Doug, and Rob / May 1, 2014 at 12:02 pm
When will you lefties just leave us alone. We have saved the city a billion dollars already. As well we have opened the city up to more opportunities. Focus on the proven track record.

Ford Nation lives on.
local / May 1, 2014 at 12:02 pm
Oh my god will they PLEASE. JUST. GO. AWAY.

PC / May 1, 2014 at 12:06 pm
Perhaps Doug is crying out of guilt for selling hash to his brother for so long ... but I bet it's more like "shit, there goes my best customer!"
David / May 1, 2014 at 12:07 pm
Move onto actually listening to the other candidates people....MOVE ON! Stop enabling this circus...
News Tip replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / May 1, 2014 at 12:13 pm
Robyn Doolittle left the Star for the Globe a few weeks ago, she broke the story for the Globe yesterday.

Joe Warmington from the Sun and newstalk 1010 is one of Robs fans and has respect for the Ford family. Rob trusts Joe and the video was brought forward to Rob first for comment instead of just going straight to press like the Star would do.
Moneesha / May 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm
I think Rob's just on his way to Mexico for a vaycay. Doubt very much he has the balls for rehab.
Earl replying to a comment from Had enough of Ford / May 1, 2014 at 12:25 pm
Any you continue to comment on every Ford story as well keeping it going, keeping it going
Step / May 1, 2014 at 12:26 pm
The Ford name means nothing, the video was recorded in his sister's basement. The very same sister who went on television and denied that Rob Ford is an addict. So why should I believe the older brother who consistently lies an is by his brother's side that he was the voice of reason? All I see is Doug Ford trying to save face in the hopes that he can run provincially. What a great, loving big brother; using the corpse of his own blood to leverage his own ambitions.
Kuntasia / May 1, 2014 at 12:37 pm
Doug's tears are for his evaporating political career.
Mayor McCokehoover / May 1, 2014 at 12:40 pm
Crocodile tears. And an admission YEARS too late. Shame on you.

You failed your brother, your family, and our city.

Joey / May 1, 2014 at 12:41 pm
Lies and crocodile tears.
Tony / May 1, 2014 at 12:43 pm
This is great news!! He's getting the help he should have gotten last year and now the vote wont be split and should move Tory ahead of Chow!! Worst thing that could happen to Chows campaign hahahaha
Al / May 1, 2014 at 12:45 pm
Once Rob Ford loses the election, there won't be any checks on his behaviour. I doubt he makes it to Christmas without ending up in jail or dead.
The Shakes / May 1, 2014 at 12:56 pm
This whole thing feels very calculated. One wonders if the Ford family will be subbing in Doug to run for mayor in place of Rob now. I think Doug's tears, may have been tears of joy that it's finally his turn.
iSkyscraper replying to a comment from The Shakes / May 1, 2014 at 01:06 pm
Oh shit, I had not thought of that. It's not calculated, quite sure Rob's latest blowups were genuine and not on the Doug Ford re-election roadmap, but I suppose a Doug Ford for Mayor candidacy is suddenly very possible and plausible. Oh no.
Kim replying to a comment from Al / May 1, 2014 at 01:42 pm
There aren't any checks on his behavior now are there? I've heard of Project Brazen 2 but this all happened under their watch or non-watch.
Sct / May 1, 2014 at 01:50 pm
Hopefully, the Fords will finally realize how embarrassing their actions have been on the people of our city. Their immature high school actions, lies and and elitist personalities are not those that should be of a leader. Lets keep our fingers crossed Mister Ford withdraws his run for mayor and embraces the Ford Nation Reality TV series!
Drew / May 1, 2014 at 02:06 pm
I think the city of Toronto should declare May 1st, Rob Ford day. This was we will never forget the circus that happened and the day it all ended and we moved onto better things.

Never forget.
Irwin Mimico / May 1, 2014 at 02:09 pm
Rob did not let the people of toronto down. The residents of Mimico still support him. We can't have a woman like chow run this city. I'd rather die. We need Ford more years!
marvin / May 1, 2014 at 02:17 pm
The two fords need to go
Sir John A. / May 1, 2014 at 02:20 pm
So I guess Rob & Doug are't going to be Prime Minister or Premier after all?
Sven replying to a comment from Brian / May 1, 2014 at 02:22 pm
Yeah because the real tragedy here is that he got caught.

Irwin Mimicoo / May 1, 2014 at 02:23 pm
Irwin Mimico for Mayor! "Just as Stupid as Rob Ford" "Cement Plant Fans Make the Best Mayors" "Dale Goldhawk to be DIM'S Campaign Manager!"
Guy / May 1, 2014 at 02:36 pm
Final straw for me, had enough of this shite! Looking forward to Tory for mayor. So long Chow, good effort. Rob, get better but stay away from politics, nothing but a CRAZY TRAIN!
Orville / May 1, 2014 at 03:46 pm
Good to see Rob Ford finally getting professional help for his substance but I always knew he would be a one term mayor. Not just the drug problem but his over all abusive nature toward anyone who criticized him. Ignoring the gay community who are taxpayers too and contribute a lot to the city coffers . Rob was never a mayor of the whole city and only represented a portion of the electorate. The claims of saving the city a billion dollars is bogus and cannot be verified. In reality he cost the city hundreds of millions and cancelling the fully funded LRT for 3 subway tops that will cost a billion plus while the city infrastructure is in bad need of repair.
Toucan Sam / May 1, 2014 at 03:56 pm
Doesn't matter really. Bottom line is you have a very large block of supporters who vote ABC - Anything But Chow. Rob Ford dropping out would just make it easier. No more splitting the vote.
The Shakes replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / May 1, 2014 at 04:19 pm
Yes it is a scary thought, the Ford family have total and utter mind control over the zombies of Ford Nation. If Rob dropped out and told his supporters to vote for Doug, they would do it. And Ford Nation doesn't give a shit if it is Rob, Doug, Randy, Kathy or their family pet running. They will vote for whomever the Ford family runs as a mayoral candidate position. No questions asked without hesitation the Nation will follow. They are that fucking stupid.
Norman Robertson / May 1, 2014 at 05:20 pm
All right then, the circus is over, curtains closed now and everyone's gone home, can we just move on? They were born into money, both of them over privileged lives of wealth and obvious coddling from their mommy. They never did pay much attention or accept responsibility for their actions, just excuses .. excuses...they are a disgrace to our city. I'm born, and raised here, and my parents and grandparents as well..and everyone in the family is amazed that dumb and dumber ever got in in the first place.

Good riddance,
Nick replying to a comment from Tony / May 1, 2014 at 05:55 pm
@Tony, Olivia couldn't be any worse than Ford. Besides, she's Asian, and according to Ford, those Asians work like dogs. That's what I want for someone working at City Hall, as opposed to Ford, who works like 4 hours a day at best.
Aaron Lumley / May 1, 2014 at 07:25 pm
Personal opinion, but doesn't this seem like the perfect opportunity to promote addiction counseling??
Fred / May 1, 2014 at 08:42 pm
Can we discuss the other candidates now like adults, or is mentioning any other candidate still considered a deflection tactic by Ford Nation?
MTG / May 1, 2014 at 09:56 pm
Goodbye and good riddance to dumb and dumber - and to Ford Nation - who are the dumbest
Marco A Gutierrez / May 2, 2014 at 12:14 am
He did not, we all knew It was matter of time.It was a Chronicle of a Death Foretold.
Mayor McGrabass / May 2, 2014 at 08:59 am

Ashat was Dick Cheney to Rob Ford's George Bush.

Rot in hell, losers.
News Flash! / May 2, 2014 at 09:00 am
Ford family opening chain of rehab clinics! Whole Rob Ford addiction storyline made up by ad agency!
Sandra replying to a comment from News Flash! / May 2, 2014 at 09:54 am
Betty Ford Clinic an't no joke. There's along line of addition in the Ford family lineage.
WhatNastyPeople / May 2, 2014 at 05:05 pm
Ten Rob Ford articles, on blogTO, in 24 hours. Yep.

Wow. Look at all the ignorant comments in this thread. Ford is still in the race and he's going to be everyones mayor, I guarantee it. The last thing this city needs is a bunch of cold-hearted morons (like yourselves) making decisions at City Hall. It's time for people like you get what you got coming to you.
Randy Kathy Doug and Rob -- the Ford Clowns / May 2, 2014 at 07:14 pm
How was he allowed to cross the border? I think he gets high and ends up dead.
WhatNastyPeople / May 2, 2014 at 07:16 pm
He will be the mayor of the cemetery if keeps acting this way. How can he be everyone's mayor? I don't live in crack city nor have I for the past 14 years.
mark / May 2, 2014 at 09:55 pm
Politically you two are done, that's probably what brought about those tears. If you're writing a narrative you need to stay AHEAD of the audience, everybody saw this coming...there will be no come back story. We all know how it ends.

"I have nothing left to hide" was the moment for redemption ... if it was ever going to come. Now it's too late politically. As a man, a father, husband and brother...Rob owes it to himself to get well. Politics is obviously not suited for him if he buckles under pressure and resorts to addiction.

What? Nasty People - like Rob (Bozo the Clown)? / May 3, 2014 at 03:00 pm
If you can't take it, get out. Tough talking weenies & clowns, the Ford family. Not allowed in politics, in professional life, pro sports, etc. Rob's a football player who can't take being tackled, a boxer with a glass jaw. Tough shit, time for Rob & Doug to go back to licking stickers at Deco. No sympathy for the 2 idjuts, just their kids.
HateToTellYou / May 6, 2014 at 03:38 am
Toronto has been pro-drug for quite some time now. Why do you think politicians on the left are trying to legalize it? The Liberals have ALWAYS had ties to organized crime (as do the police). Why do you think these people never go to jail? Wake up and smell the coffee.
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