Controversy Continuing to Swirl Around Rob Ford's 911 Call




Controversy Continuing to Swirl Around Rob Ford’s 911 Call

This morning, the CBC reported that Rob Ford swore, vigorously, at the 911 dispatchers he spoke with Monday morning, when he called for assistance in response to a surprise visit from This Hour Has 22 Minutes‘ Mary Walsh. Specifically, the CBC stated that the dispatchers involved had complained to their union about the unreasonable treatment, and that the language Ford used was: “You … bitches! Don’t you fucking know? I’m Rob fucking Ford, the mayor of this city!”

In a media scrum a few minutes ago, representatives of Rob Ford denied that characterization of the phone call. Doug Ford maintains that his brother did use the word “fucking” but that it was not directed at the dispatchers. The Star quotes Doug as follows: “He did not call anyone a bitch, he did not say ‘I’m the mayor of f—ing Toronto.’ He did get pissed off on the third call with 911 and said, ‘This is f—ing ridiculous,’ and that’s all he said.” (The original CBC report mentioned two calls, not three; this discrepancy has yet to be clarified.)

The CBC has yet to comment on its story, and the mayor’s representatives are calling on the outlet to apologize. A formal statement from the mayor is expected later today.

UPDATE: October 27, 2:35 PM Rob Ford has posted a statement on his Facebook page about the incident on Monday and his phone call with 911 dispatchers. In it he claims he was “ambushed” and says he’s worried the This Hour Has 22 Minutes crew’s actions traumatized his daughter. He calls the CBC’s allegation that he “made foul and derogatory comments” toward the dispatchers “absolutely false” but admits that he did swear: “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.”