Last year, after his drug scandal erupted in international news, Rob Ford vowed to stop drinking. Now, new footage suggests the Toronto mayor may not have kept his resolution.
It is difficult to make out exactly what Ford is saying in the video, published Tuesday on YouTube. But it does look as if the mayor is under the influence of something during his minute-long tirade, reportedly recorded Monday at a steakhouse in Rexdale, a Toronto neighborhood.
The video is titled “New Video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Drunk, Swearing in Jamaican Patois? Bumbaclot.” Jamaican patois is a West African-influenced creole language spoken primarily in Jamaica.
Ford confirmed Tuesday that he had been drinking Monday night, but did not find his behavior in the video to be offensive.
“Obviously that’s him,” Ford’s brother Doug, who has continually defended the mayor, had said earlier when reporters showed him the video Tuesday. However, the Ford who appears in the video looks much heavier than the mayor does now, his brother said, suggesting the footage is not recent. “Beginning in November, he hasn’t taken a drink,” Doug said.
The public’s fascination with Ford, known for his aggressive personality, shocking one-liners, and growing trove of incriminating videos, may have lulled in the United States. But up north, the mayor has not left the spotlight. Through a freedom-of-information request, the Toronto Sun has obtained thousands of pages of emails from Ford’s staffers during the time of his crack cocaine scandal, which broke last spring, according to a Monday report.
h/t Daniel Dale