Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Fired His Chief Of Staff For Telling Him To Get Some Help

Rob Ford has just let go of his chief of staff following a week of allegations that the mayor was caught smoking crack on tape.

1. Earlier last week, allegations surfaced that Rob Ford was seen smoking crack.

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2. After those allegations broke, Ford is reported to have gathered his top advisors in a closed room to assess the scandal.

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3. That’s when Chief of Staff Mike Towhey suggested Rob Ford enter rehab, though the mayor laughed it off.

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4. The situation darkened on Wednesday of this week when Ford learned that he was fired as head coach of the Don Bosco Eagles, a high school football team he coached in his free time.

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5. Ford announced Towhey was fired Thursday morning at city hall.

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6. The mayor’s office has refused to comment about Towhey’s termination.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wouldn't talk to reporters at a gas station, but he did take a selfie

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7. Update: During a news conference on Friday, Ford denied using crack.

“I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine,” Ford said. “As for a video, I cannot comment on a video that I have never seen, or does not exist.”

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