Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Lands U.S. Sports Radio Gig
The Washington, D.C., hire comes as new police probe evidence points to the Canadian politician allegedly trying to purchase that infamous crack cocaine video.
TORONTO -- Rob Ford is back on the airwaves -- this time in the U.S.
The embattled Toronto mayor has joined the Washington, D.C., sports radio station 106.7 The Fan to give NFL picks, it was announced Wednesday. The Sports Junkies program noted that Ford's first appearance will be Thursday, Dec. 5, at 8:40 a.m.
The U.S. radio station is waiting to see how Ford fares in offering football commentary and predictions before an agreement on a possible weekly segment is signed. Ford, a football fan and one-time Toronto high school coach, also was the subject Wednesday of new police evidence alleging he tried to strike a deal via an envoy to buy a video that has him smoking crack cocaine, the National Post reported Wednesday.
Portions of evidence from a police probe of Ford released Wednesday indicate that Mohamed Siad, who allegedly tried to sell the video of the mayor inhaling from a crack pipe, in a wiretap transcript claimed the mayor offered $5,000 and a car to purchase the video. Gawker, in May 2013, first revealed it had viewed the video of Ford smoking crack cocaine, touching off a scandal that eventually engulfed the Toronto mayor and recently led to the loss of virtually all his political powers.
Ford has since become a global media sensation as he alternately denies the drug taking and excessive drinking charges against him, and then apologizes profusely when evidence of illicit behavior surfaces. As his political career continues in free fall, Ford has been moonlighting for the media, with mixed success.
Canada's Sun News Network canceled Ford Nation, a talk show hosted by Rob Ford and his brother, Doug Ford, after its debut episode. That followed termination of the Ford brothers' weekly radio station in Toronto.