Rob Ford’s history of denying crack use

‘These allegations are ridiculous’ — and other statements from the Ford file

Rob Ford’s appetite for destruction

Brett Gundlock/Reuters

Rob Ford spent months denying that he smokes crack cocaine. But when Toronto’s mayor repeated those various denials, he was careful with his verb tenses. He was always careful to repeat that he doesn’t smoke crack, not that he never did. Today, in front of a crush of reporters, Ford admitted to smoking the drug and said reporters simply had asked the wrong questions. That scene stands in stark contrast to Ford’s initial denial, delivered in front of reporters on May 17.

The first denial

Ford: These allegations are ridiculous.  It’s another story … the Toronto Star going after me. That’s all I have to say for now.

A few days later, Ford repeated his most robust denial to the press during a news conference at city hall.

The second denial

Ford: I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine. As for a video, I cannot comment on a video that I have never seen or does not exist. It is most unfortunate, very unfortunate, that my colleagues and the great people of this city have been exposed to the fact that I have been judged by the media without any evidence.

That mayor then spent months swatting down questions about his alleged crack use.

May 26, on his radio show: “Number one, there is no video, so that’s all I can say. You can’t comment on something that doesn’t exist.”

Oct. 31, outside of his office: “I wish I could come out and defend myself. Unfortunately I can’t because it’s before the courts. That’s all I can say.”


Rob Ford’s history of denying crack use

  1. Rob Ford has left the door open a Crack again today in his quest to come clean before he goes off for treatment, because he is not stepping down, just going for treatment. He needs to get his message out to his voters before he hits The Don Addictions Clinic.

  2. ROB FORD FOR PRIME MINISTER!!! I’d rather you any day than the thieves from the PMO office down to the senators and the crooked Councillors out there. From the chief over stepping his bounds, down to all these holier than thou ppl, acting like they’ve never drank, got drunk, peed in public etc. Gotta love these ppl and the ridiculous witch-hunt they’ve exacted on the major. Toronto is ranked # one, judge Ford on his merits! Not allegation of some ridiculous video you have never seen.

    • tishawn…?

    • Whether I’ve seen the video or not is no longer relevant, he’s admitted to it, after lying to the public for months. That’s what the article is about. Did you not read it? What aren’t you understanding here?

      Also, if you think this international embarrassment of a mayor is somehow a different animal from the bastards in PMO you are doubly delusional.

    • I’d vote for him too if they would ever let me out!

  3. What I don’t get is why the media didn’t really press on the obvious choice of words. When his statements were made, all the people commenting on stories were pointing this out but for some reason no one in the media ever asked a direct question on it.

    • Good point. My own guess, and it’s a cynical one, it’s that for a long time now, rather than exposing the ring leaders and finding out and revealing who are the players behind the spectacle, the press has become a part of the circus itself.

      Journalism is largely dead on this continent.

    • They did. He’s been asked if he’s ever smoked crack cocaine dozens and dozens of times. Largely, they stopped after May and June because he would never answer the question and then end press conferences when asked. But he was asked by all sorts of journalists on multiple occasions.

  4. OK so now we know about the ‘crack smoking’. If you’ve read the documents that were released, and Lisi’s involvement with trafficking marihuana, why isn’t anyone asking Ford if he smokes marihuana? Didn’t I hear somewhere that if you smoke marihuana it gives you the munchies?? If that’s the truth then you only have to look at Ford for your answer.

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