TORONTO - A video posted online Thursday shows an irate Rob Ford talking about killing someone. Here's some of what was said on the video and about it:
Rob Ford in the video:
— "I'm going to kill that f*ing guy. I'm telling you, it's first-degree murder."
— "I'll fight him. No holds barred, brother. He dies or I die, brother."
— "I am a sick motherf*r, dude."
Rob Ford after the video was posted:
— "I saw the video. It's extremely embarrassing. The whole world's gonna see it. You know what, I don't have a problem with that. But it is extremely embarrassing. I don't know what to say. I'm again, again and again apologizing."
— "I hope none of you have ever or will ever be in that state."
— "Obviously I was extremely, extremely inebriated."
Kathy Ford, the mayor's sister, in an interview with TV station CP24:
— "Robbie is not a drug addict. I know because I'm a former addict."
— "Some people say you're an alcoholic if you binge drink once every three months...other people say if you have one every night before dinner you're an alcoholic. It depends what you want to consider an alcoholic and Robbie does not drink every night, and he does not drink one. When Robbie drinks I think he just goes full tilt."
Diane Ford, the mayor's mother, in an exclusive interview with TV station CP24:
— "My heart breaks for my son. It really, really does, because he's been attacked."
— "All the good that he has done, that's all been overlooked. That's just so hurtful."
— "It's not acceptable behaviour. He is the mayor of the city, but he knows that better than anyone now. But, you know, to err is human, but to forgive is divine and we all err, but here there is no forgiveness...Forgiveness isn't in the eyes of the media right now."
Toronto Star editor-in-chief Michael Cooke:
— "We decided that the crisis at city hall makes it essential to get all the information relevant to the mayor's true character and his views in front of Torontonians."
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, speaking before the video of the mayor was posted:
— "At the end of the day, he has to make his own decision about what he ought to do."
— "Certainly his family is helping him and wishing him well. That's all I can say."
Coun. Giorgio Mammoliti:
— "I have grown more concerned and fear for his health now more than ever. If it is in their power, the mayor's family needs to intervene and attempt to get him to a drug rehabilitation centre."