Tearful Doug says Rob Ford let Toronto down
A 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.