Rob Ford returns to his office in gym attire during a break
in an executive committee meeting at City Hall in Toronto.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford called allegations he may have
tried to buy a video that apparently showed him using crack
cocaine "an outright lie" in a sports radio interview.
One day after an Ontario court released police documents that
said Ford may have offered cash and a car to buy the clip
from a suspected gang member, Ford appeared on a morning
sports show broadcast in Washington, D.C., called "The Sports
Asked to respond to the allegation that he tried to pay for
the video, Ford said: "Number one, that's an outright lie.
And number two, you can talk to my lawyers about it, but I'm
here to talk football, guys."
According to police notes released on Wednesday of a recorded
phone conversation involving two suspected gang members, Ford
was aware of the video's existence in March, and offered to
buy it. Police notes describe one person saying, "he said
I'll give you five thousand and a car".
Ford admitted early last month he had smoked crack cocaine,
saying it was probably "in one of my drunken stupors," but he
has said he is not an addict.
Stripped of most of his powers last month by a hostile city
council, Ford has refused to step down, and council does not
have the power to remove him unilaterally. He says he plans
to run for reelection next year.
The mayor spent much of the rest of Thursday's radio
interview discussing upcoming football games.