Toronto Argonauts distance themselves from jersey-clad Mayor Rob Ford

Matthew Coutts
Daily Brew

Yesterday it was announced that Toronto's Santa Claus Parade did not want Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to participate in its annual event and today something much closer to Ford's heart has turn its back on the embattled mayor.

Ford made some obscene comments about a former staffer and his wife early Thursday morning, and he did it while wearing a Toronto Argonauts jersey.

It turns out that the Argos were not fans of that terrible free publicity. In a series of tweets, the Toronto Argonauts admonished Ford for his actions and the comments made while wearing the jersey.

Here is their statement:

Toronto Argonauts Statement: It's well-known that the Mayor is a big fan and supporter of the game of football.

The Toronto Argonauts organization is not in a position to comment on the manner of dress of public officials.

The situation with respect to the Mayor and his leadership is unseemly at best. These latest remarks, while wearing our team's jersey, are particularly disappointing given our organization's work in the community to help youth deal with issues of bullying prevention.

We hope for the benefit of the wonderful citizens of Toronto and this great city that this situation is resolved expeditiously.

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You will remember that Ford is a huge fan of football. He previously coached a high school team until the school board fired him, and has made several public appearances with the Argonauts over the years, specifically after they won the Grey Cup last season.

On the day Ford admitted to smoking crack cocaine, he was wearing a tie adorned with 1990s era NFL logos, which caught the attention of just about everyone.