Mayor Rob Ford took the morning off from City Hall Friday to watch the football team he once coached play in the Metro Bowl.
Mr. Ford and his driver Jerry Agyemang were spotted in the bleachers at Centennial Park in Etobicoke to watch the Don Bosco Eagles play the Cardinal Newman Cardinals. Mr. Ford was sporting his gold and green coaching jacket.
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The mayor, who recently had most of his powers stripped in a council vote, coached the team as a volunteer from 2001 until earlier this year, often leaving work early in order to be on the field. Last year, the mayor coached the Eagles to the Metro Bowl championship game.
In May, the Toronto Catholic District School Board ended its relationship with Mr. Ford after allegations first surfaced of the video of him smoking crack cocaine. Over the summer, he said he had been contacted by other schools to start coaching, but ultimately never joined another team as coach.
Dan Jacobs, the mayor’s chief of staff, said the mayor will be attending the Cavalcade of Lights festival on Saturday – a celebration to mark the start of the holiday season – and plans to go to the Buffalo Bills game at the Rogers Centre on Sunday.
Earlier, the mayor’s brother, Councillor Doug Ford, announced the pair will host their own show again.
Councillor Ford told The National Post that they will launch an online series called “Ford Nation” on YouTube some time “before Christmas.”
“Ford Nation” was also the name of the pair’s recent show on the Sun News Network. That show was cancelled after just one episode.
Before that, the brothers hosted a 2-hour weekly radio show on Newstalk 1010 called “The City with Mayor Rob Ford.”
That show was cancelled in early November, amid a scandal-plagued month for the mayor, which saw him admitting to smoking crack cocaine, drinking to excess, and driving after drinking.
Doug Ford said that he and his brother Rob have been contacted by “everyone from Oprah to Dr. Phil…You name the person, we’ve got calls from them. There’s a massive market in the U.S.”
He added that, just this week, they’ve been contacted by a U.S. production company about possibly doing a reality show.
The online show will be paid for by the Ford brothers themselves, he said.
(Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Doug Ford spoke to Newstalk 1010 about his new show; he in fact spoke to The National Post.)