Rob Ford 911 Call

Rob Ford issues statement about controversial 911 call

Rob Ford has released a statement regarding the much-discussed 911 call in which he was alleged to have used profanity and insulted the dispatcher. Here's the full statement, as posted on the Mayor's Facebook page:

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On Monday morning, I was ambushed in the driveway of my home by two people who rushed up to me screaming and waving at me, while I was trying to leave my home and get my daughter off to school. They prevented me from getting into my van and closing the door. Concerned for my safety and that of my family, I called 9-1-1 for help and retreated into my home. The two individuals fled to their black SUV and left before police arrived.

I later learned that the two individuals were part of a television comedy program. I remain concerned that their behaviour was traumatic for my daughter and in no way acceptable professional behaviour. They trespassed on my property and refused to leave when asked. They physically prevented me from leaving my property.

This morning, the same television network responsible for the comedy program published a report alleging that I made foul and derogatory comments towards the female 9-1-1 staff. That allegation is absolutely false.

When I made the 9-1-1 call, I was concerned and upset. I was repeatedly told police were arriving soon. In another call, I expressed frustration with the delay and said that I had to leave to go to City Hall. I did use the "f-word" at some point as I expressed my frustration with the situation. After being attacked in my driveway, I hope I can be excused for saying the f-word. I never called anyone any names. I apologize for expressing my frustration inappropriately.

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Sounds believable enough — but we'd still love to hear that tape! Next up, one assumes, is the CBC's response. In the meantime, the question is whether or not Ford will still take heat for using profanity, even if it wasn't directed at the dispatcher. What do you think? Also worth asking, if it turns out that his side of the story is true, does the Ford team have a point when it argues that the media (minus the Toronto Sun) is out to get them?


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