Rob Ford on new allegations, RGIII’s knee, Redskins name

December 5, 2013

Rob Ford said the report that he attempted to buy the video of him smoking crack is “an outright lie.” Also, he’s concerned about Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s knee.

The Toronto mayor made his much-anticipated appearance Thursday morning on 106.7 The Fan. The Junkies did their best to ask him all the tough questions, and he sort of answered them, but all Ford really wanted to talk about was football and make his Week 14 NFL picks. He is “an absolute football fanatic,” as he said more than once.

Just a few highlights:

* On whether he had offered $5,000 and a car in exchange for the video tape of him doing crack: “No. 1, that’s an outright lie, and No. 2, you can can talk to my lawyers about it. But I’m here to talk football, guys, so if you want to talk football, talk football. If you want to talk about other things, then unfortunately I’m gonna have to let you go.”

* On RGIII: “I’m worried about Griffin’s knee, I think he’s got a serious injury he’s not letting anyone know about,” Ford said.

Ford was told that the “whole world knows” about Griffin’s injury.

“Oh, well, then they should get him healed up, and get someone healthy in there, because you can see his leg and it’s not helping the team,” he replied.

* He’s taking the Redskins at home this week over the Chiefs, who are favored by 3.5. “Washington’s tough at home,” he said.

* Ford repeated his comments from Wednesday about the Redskins name, recycling his “Cleveland Aboriginals” line. The name has “been around for years and years and years,” he said. The people who are offended “should have come out when the name was first initiated… How long have the Skins had the name for? How long have the Chiefs had the name for? How long have the Cleveland Indians had the name for? Years and years and years, and all of a sudden people have to come out now? I think everything’s fine and I’d just stick with the name.”

* On attending youth Redskins football camp three years in a row: “When I was 16, 17, 18, I went to Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. Dave Butz, Joe Jacoby, Russ Grimm, Jeff Bostic, all the boys were down there. Dexter Manley, Charles Mann, Dave Butz, like I said, Rich Milot…all those guys, I loved them. John Riggins… I went down to a camp and these guys literally taught us how to play football.”

* On whether football is getting too soft in cracking down on head injuries: “It’s ridiculous. If you’re gonna play the sport, you gotta know that you might get banged up. When I coach my kids, I say, ‘Guys, you know, you either get hit or be hit. You gotta be the hunter or the huntee.’ And I’d rather be the hunter. Concussions are bad, but they’ve been around for years and years and years, so I think you just strap on the gear, do up your chinstrap and hit the guy as hard as you can.”

* He believes he will be re-elected next October, “absolutely.”

* On American politics: “As a person, I like President Obama. I don’t like his politics. I’m a conservative. I’d be a Republican if I was down in the states, so I don’t believe in all this public-funded healthcare. You know, we gotta pay for it, we can’t afford it. What you guys are doing down there, I can’t get my head around it because it’s costing a fortune and I don’t know where you guys are gonna find the money except for the taxpayers’ pockets.”

* Ford not only agreed to join the Junkies for a weekly NFL segment, he challenged them to a contest. “I’ll take teams and then you guys take teams, and whoever wins, you know, we’ll go out for some chicken wings when you come up to Toronto and you can pay for it,” he said.

Hope you’re not sick of Rob Ford blog posts, or anything.

Update: Here’s the full audio of the interview, and here are Ford’s NFL picks for Week 14.

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