UPDATE: Doug Ford dismisses allegations of bad behaviour by Coach Ford

Accusations detailed in school board documents

Doug Ford is dismissing allegations of bad behaviour by his brother during his days as high school football coach.

The mayor did not speak publicly about the claims Thursday, but his councillor brother suggested they were nothing more than fictitious rumour.

The allegations are detailed over more than 300 pages of internal documents from the Toronto Catholic District School Board. The reports and emails paint Rob Ford as a combative, abusive force as head of Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School's football program.

Ford was removed as volunteer coach in May 2013, not long after reports he had been captured on video smoking crack first surfaced. He had led the team for close to a decade.

According to the documents Ford appeared "visibly inebriated" at the final practice before the Metro Bowl Championship game in 2012.

The school board also alleges that Coach Ford, disappointed by the Eagles' performance in a victory in October 2012, berated his players, called them profane names and made the players on the team roll around in goose droppings.

According to the documents, Ford apologized for threatening a teacher and fellow Don Bosco coach, John Royiwsky.

Coach Ford is also accused of encouraging players to act as a "human shield" between him and reporters and of offering cash bribes to custodians to keep the school open late.

On Thursday, Rob Ford's brother defended him.

"There's no one that even stands close to Rob Ford  when it comes to supporting youth", Doug Ford told reporters at City Hall. The elder Ford says his brother has dedicated tens of thousands of hours and $100, 000 of his own money to help young people.

The documents tied to Coach Ford's dismissal were released Wednesday. The mayor had appealed to the province's information and privacy commissioner to have them kept secret, but media outlets eventually won the right to see them.


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  1. JC posted on 08/28/2014 08:51 AM
    I'm not a Ford supporter but enough is enough already. I'm so sick of The Globe and The Star bringing up the past. We all know Ford did bad things. We know he was released from volunteering as a coach for things he said and did. He has sought treatment for his demons and vices. Stop reporting on allegations from the Ford who used to be and start reporting on the Ford who is now. I'm actually starting to feel bad for Ford, and if you get enough people feeling sympathetic, that is how he will get the votes and be your next Mayor.
    1. dama posted on 08/28/2014 09:21 AM
      @JC Exactly.. good points.

      Reports on Rob Ford who is now - totally agree....

      and Rob Ford is gaining 6 points (31)based on today's poll
      to JT's 34, O Chow losing in ground.. the more debates she gets in
      she wil lose more % points..

      and Rob Ford will cherish reports on his past by The Stars and Globe and get more sympathy votes.. .I don't believe the Globe or Star columns is will hurt Rob Ford .........don't rule him out.. yet..
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 08/28/2014 09:42 AM
      @JC My sentiments exactly.
      Even if it were current stuff that they bring up on the mayor (of which I'm also not entirely in favor of), even then it would still be more warranted than this.

      It makes there case that they don't have a vendetta against Mr. Ford less and less believable
    3. StuG posted on 08/28/2014 11:26 AM
      @JC the used to be man is still the same man no changes. maybe just worse for all we know.
      Let me guess neither him nor his retard brother have any comment on this. of course not since it's all documented and true.
      the man is a walking effing scumbag from a scumbag family background.
      anyone putting an x beside his name for mayor is just as effed.
      Also if you're a parent of small kids and still vote for this man. i classify you in the shtt parent category. you support drunk driving and bully behaviour.
      think of the next kid who gets killed by a drunk driver. could be your kid morons
    4. CynthiaT_3 posted on 08/28/2014 12:46 PM
      @StuG Your comment is a fascinating picture of who you are. How much time do you give to volunteering to help kids?????????????
    5. StuG posted on 08/28/2014 12:54 PM
      @CynthiaT_3 that's a fascinating response from you Cynthia. i assume you're not a responsible parent of children or a responsible adult in general if that's the best you can say to defend this man
    6. CynthiaT_3 posted on 08/28/2014 01:00 PM
      @StuG Just like your comment, your assumption is incorrect. You made a very spiteful comment about someone who does something that I can assume you do not do yourself.

      If your choice of words is reflective of you as a person then I am glad you did not ever coach mine or anyone ones children.
    7. MarkFromEtobicoke posted on 08/28/2014 01:29 PM
      @Karl Burgin So let me get this straight. Doug Ford says Councillor Maria Augimeri should pay her own legal fees because: "When you say something, you have to stand up and take the responsibility, of not only apologizing but paying whatever it might be" but Rob gets a free pass on what he said and did because its in the past? That he is a changed man and shouldn't be held accountable for his past behavior? Is that what you're saying?
    8. StuG posted on 08/28/2014 01:36 PM
      @CynthiaT_3 your reply doesn't surprise me Cynthia. not at all.
      that's the typical Ford bros response to everything.
      it's the others fault and no assuming any responsibility for your irresponsible actions. "no comment"
      good luck bringing up your kids if you have any with your etiquette. or should i say trailer trash etiquette? yes i think that's it
    9. Angry Bill posted on 08/28/2014 02:29 PM
      @StuG I wasn't going to respond to this pissing match, StuG, but because you keep pressing your point on this, I'll just say this.

      You, as a liberal voter, have zero right to attack anyone on the basis of them being unfit to lead, or to be in a position of power. If you really cared all that much about dishonesty and criminal activity in those who lead, you would definitely not have voted liberal this past election.

      You are perfectly free to be against Ford because you don't like him.. but don't pretend your reason is because he's dishonest and a crook. Because that obviously doesn't matter to you, or like I said, you wouldn't have voted liberal.

      That's all I'll say on the matter.
    10. Karl Burgin posted on 08/29/2014 08:51 AM
      @MarkFromEtobicoke Maybe Rob Ford shouldn't coach kids football anymore....oh wait, he doesn't.
      Or maybe we should force him to go to rehab. Oh wait, he did.

      It seems as though you want to punish a man who's already taken his lumps.
    11. Karl Burgin posted on 08/29/2014 08:53 AM
      @Angry Bill Careful BILL. You should keep it on the municipal level. Outing the obvious double-standard that exists between the two levels of government, is like mixing apples and chocolate bars.
      It is obviously very confusing, and they wouldn't get the point. ;p
    12. MarkFromEtobicoke posted on 08/29/2014 03:30 PM
      @Karl Burgin "Doug Ford is dismissing allegations of bad behaviour by his brother during his days as high school football coach. The mayor did not speak publicly about the claims Thursday, but his councillor brother suggested they were nothing more than fictitious rumour."

      First two sentences in the article. Maybe the Ford brothers need to acknowledge Rob's mis-behavior and apologize for that, too rather than deny, deny, deny.
    13. MarkFromEtobicoke posted on 08/29/2014 03:34 PM
      @Angry Bill I guess the point Angry Bill is making is that all those anti-Liberals need to start condemning Ford the same way. You know, those that called them "Fiberals" should be going after the Fibin' Fords the same way with the same vim and vigor.
    14. Fact Provider posted on 08/29/2014 09:05 PM
      @Karl Burgin In the name of honesty and accuracy, I have taken the liberty of correcting your post. It should have read as follows:

      "Maybe Rob Ford shouldn't coach kids football anymore....oh wait, he lost that right through his grossly unacceptable actions.
      Or maybe he should go to rehab because of his unacceptable actions and the lies he told to cover it up.. He finally did when those lies stopped working.

      It seems as though the man finally took some of the lumps coming to him. The remaining lumps will be delivered on October 27th."
  2. frankling posted on 08/28/2014 01:43 PM
    Tens of thousands of pages of court transcripts exist on the crimes of priests and higher officials of the catholic church for their sexual assaults on boys and some girls. This bigoted church will not let girls be priests, let alone Pope. The mayor has been convicted of nothing, was ill and was boorish at times, but football can be borrish and he managed to pave the way for one youngster to join the CFL based on his Bosco experience with the mayor.

    I say lets re-elect the mayor and turf the catholic school system. We will get proper subways, no LRTs mired in traffic, and save $1.5B per year on wasted separate school administrative costs, while these children will finally get a good modern human-rights affirming education in the public school system..
    1. dama posted on 08/28/2014 01:50 PM
      @frankling AaaaaMmmeeen, Amen to that..

      Frankling, you have finally seen the light..
    2. Angry Bill posted on 08/28/2014 02:22 PM
      @frankling LRTs aren't mired in traffic. You're thinking streetcars.
    3. frankling posted on 08/28/2014 04:35 PM
      @Angry Bill I hate to break it you AB, butyes, LRTs, will ride up the middle of streets, just like streetcars do. The LRT model at the CNE last year was a very tall, streetcar-like item, very narrow, with sections off club car seating.

      It will stop, of course, for every stop sign, red light, left turning vehicle, and in so doing, will force all traffic to do likewise creating a King-Street-style traffic jam all day long. Remember to pack a lunch when riding traffic-bound LRTs!

      A remarlable choice given the Metrolinx negotiated a contract for $50M/km to tunnel and line subway tunnels, far less per km then the LRTs will cost to build and maintain on cement platforms in the middle of traffic. Won't they be spendid in winter for seniors? Icy cold, walk on ice to middle of road, and wait in the wind. Lovely and very, very slow, for more money than subways!.
    4. MarkFromEtobicoke posted on 08/28/2014 05:40 PM
      @frankling I don't know where you got that $50M figure. The Scarborough extension is 6.4 km with the Province providing $1.4 billion and the Feds $660 million. This works out to $321 million per km.
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