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5 lowlights from Rob Ford's football coaching days

Posted by Derek Flack / August 28, 2014

Rob Ford FootballNew documents obtained by the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail via a freedom of information request reveal that Rob Ford's tenure as the football coach for the Don Bosco Eagles was at least as troubled as his time in the big chair at city hall. In fact, it'd be difficult to imagine a high school coaching scenario more dramatic than Ford's time with the Eagles. Of the various highlights from the documents obtained, a report entitled "Critical incidents involving Mayor Ford" alleges these startling events:

  • He showed up drunk for practice.
  • He made his players roll around in goose shit.
  • He threatened a teacher.
  • He organized an unauthorized trip to Peterborough.
  • He bribed caretakers to keep the school open later.

Despite all this, it wasn't until a television interview with Sun News back in spring 2013 that the school board decided to can the mayor. "A lot of these kids come from gangs, they come from broken homes, the stories you would hear would bring a tear to your eye," Ford is said in that notorious segment. The mayor was ultimately fired on May 22nd.



Highlife / August 28, 2014 at 11:05 am
You know, I'm starting to have real questions about the quality of Mayor Ford's character.
Maria / August 28, 2014 at 11:14 am
But why did he want to go to Peterborough? To see the alpacas, perhaps?
Chris / August 28, 2014 at 11:14 am
How is this guy so able to continually avoid any accountability for his actions? Are we supposed to believe that the school knowingly allowed some of this crap to go on, but couldn't bring themselves to fire a VOLUNTEER coach until he starting calling his players gangsters on television, and only THEN when parents starting complaining about it? Where were the school officials? Terrified of the Mayor no doubt.

Man, if this is the kind of supervision volunteers get at Bosco, then thank god I don't live anywhere near that school district.
Marc replying to a comment from Chris / August 28, 2014 at 11:26 am
Because we have a bloated police and justice system that is great at making rules, but terrible at enforcement.
Chris replying to a comment from Marc / August 28, 2014 at 11:43 am
Sorry, I don't buy that - lots of people are held accountable for their actions.
My question is why HE'S never held accountable, ever. He's never been held to account for a lifetime of stupidity - instead, he's been rewarded, time and time again. Even now, he's still considered a serious contender to be re-elected as Mayor. Honestly, what the hell is wrong with people in this City?

Furthermore, vis a vis the school, there are plenty of administrators who would happily suspend a teacher for giving a kid detention, but they're apparently powerless to do anything about the crap Ford was pulling as a VOLUNTEER coach?

The issue isn't general lack of enforcement, its SELECTIVE enforcement. That's what need to be addressed here.
fartyboy / August 28, 2014 at 11:45 am
A great inspiration for our kids. A troo leader.
CaligulaJones / August 28, 2014 at 11:54 am
Moral conservatives who are the Ford base really do tie themselves in knots about their hero, don't they?
Ralph replying to a comment from PLEASE VOTE / August 28, 2014 at 12:17 pm
Settle down Olivia. Settle down.
mike in parkdale / August 28, 2014 at 12:30 pm
dont forget "ran practices before the season", effectively putting the entire team in an insurance danger-zone if anyone got injured (which did happen).

If this was the USA, Ford would have been axed on the spot. The kid who broke his collar bone would have sued the school board for millions.
Freddie / August 28, 2014 at 12:37 pm
You forget to mention they are ALLEGED. Funny how timely they came out right when a poll came out stating his current position in the polls.

EITHER WAY this all helps his changed man redemption story with the voters.
Chad / August 28, 2014 at 12:56 pm
Football coaches are supposed to be tough! I played football in all the way up University level, coaches were always tough on us.

Notice there are no actual parent complaints in the reports? Parents often want coaches to be tough on their kids as well and some of them want coaches to straighten their troubled kids out for them. What's next Army Captains are too tough on our kids in cadets? Man the whole world is going soft.
T. Hudak / August 28, 2014 at 12:58 pm
Don't trust the polls.
duder replying to a comment from Chad / August 28, 2014 at 01:02 pm
Um, perhaps you missed the part where Ford showed up at events wasted, threatened teachers, and tried to have his team physically shield him from the press...
Judge Lawson / August 28, 2014 at 01:05 pm
Rich criminals get away with it.
Judge Lawson / August 28, 2014 at 01:07 pm
Losing is as losers do. Ford's a loser if he's elected or not. Losers vote for losers.
kathy ford / August 28, 2014 at 02:17 pm
Rob stole all of my 191 stolen toothbrushes.
jen replying to a comment from Chad / August 28, 2014 at 02:30 pm
I saw a comment from a parent online. She was livid that he showed up to a practice drunk.

It amazes me that it was the Sun interview that was the final straw for the school board; not the inebriation, not the swearing and threatening, not the bribery, oh no, that was apparently all fine with them. Honestly, what is WRONG with people here that Ford's behaviour is acceptable? Anyone else would be fired/put in jail/ostracized.
Mack Attack / August 28, 2014 at 02:44 pm
You see...I told you that Ford never did crack at football games. And who among us hasn't felt the urge to chow up for a kids sporting event just alittle hammered?

You lefties are all a bunch of liars who don't appreciate the value of having a mayor as a coach and a role model. Kids these days have to learn that you CAN get ahead by threatening other adults with violenc. And there is nothing wrong with using a ittle bit of cash under the table to get special treatment. What is the point of having a rich daddy if you can't spend his money?

Only pinko pussies follow the rules and think that you need to treat others fairly.
Chad replying to a comment from jen / August 28, 2014 at 02:52 pm
You should come into a football locker room sometimes and see how we behave. It gets pretty wild and rowdy sometimes!
marc replying to a comment from Maria / August 28, 2014 at 04:58 pm
Peterborough is the only town with a a elevator big enough to get him up a hill.
If Ford was an animal, he'd be a... / August 28, 2014 at 06:35 pm
...dung beetle?
If Ford was an animal, he'd be a... / August 28, 2014 at 06:36 pm
If Ford was an animal, he'd be a... / August 28, 2014 at 06:36 pm
user-pic amoeba?
If Ford was an animal, he'd be a... / August 28, 2014 at 09:53 pm
If Ford was an animal, he'd be a... / August 28, 2014 at 10:45 pm
...a GOOSE! Winner! Gagne!
Jack / August 28, 2014 at 11:03 pm
Should we not be investigating the Catholic School if they have all these on going records and activities from a coach at thier school and they did absolutely nothing about it?

If this was just some unknown coach you bet we'd be calling for an investigation into the school.
Jack / August 28, 2014 at 11:18 pm
They are accusing Rob Ford of allegedly causing abuse to students BUT they stood back and did nothing about it? That does sound like how the Catholic Church handles abuse maybe it is true.
School volunteers / August 29, 2014 at 08:59 am
It's not just the Catholic board. It's common to let volunteers not follow the rules, or even decency, especially parent volunteers, everywhere I have been part of a school board. Some principals are not competent, teachers are cowed, parents caring only about their own children. A celebrity a-hole volunteer only highlights it...and this celebrity a-hole has a lot of supporters.
Sandy / August 29, 2014 at 09:20 am
Interesting to note that one of his star athletes and team captain 4 years running ended being the long-sought after Chris Skinner murderer. Just yesterday Doug Ford was still going on on what a positive role model Rob is to the team. He must be coaching no accountability.
Sandy replying to a comment from Sandy / August 29, 2014 at 09:25 am
*one of the murderers
Mack Attack replying to a comment from Chad / August 29, 2014 at 09:33 am
Chad is right. Coaches are suposed to be tough. But there is a big difference between tough and stupid. A tough coaches makes the team run laps when they have a bad game. A stupid coach gives them the option of rolling around in Canada goose crap instead. So while the students may downplay the goose crap incident by saying that Ford gave them a choice the real point is that he came up with the idea.
Canada Geese / August 29, 2014 at 02:27 pm
We thought it was a honking good idea!
the lemur replying to a comment from jen / August 29, 2014 at 04:18 pm
Being drunk is the same thing as inebriation.
Rob Ford / August 30, 2014 at 06:58 pm
I'm impotent.
Irwin Mimico / August 31, 2014 at 07:40 am
Isn't Rob Ford's whole life a highlight-especially with his bouncing ass?
Rob Ford / September 1, 2014 at 07:38 pm
I'm soooooooooooo impotent! Very, very impotent.
kn¿ / September 2, 2014 at 01:44 pm
What's wrong with goose shit?
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