Rob Ford Apologizes for 'Mistakes,' But Not the Ones You Expect

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Toronto mayor Rob Ford asked citizens for forgiveness during his weekly radio show with his brother, city councillor Doug Ford, and apologized for his "mistakes," but never admitted to or acknowledged any drug use. 

Ford opened the show with a pre-written statement apologizing for his recent behavior. "I'm apologizing for some mistakes I've made in the past" Ford said. "There’s no one to blame but myself, and I take full responsibility for it," he said, without ever explaining what it is. Ford also called on Toronto police chief Bill Blair to release the crack video because "Toronto residents deserve to see it and people can judge for themselves." The two brothers quickly moved on after Rob's tearful apology to the weather, local sports, and cutting government spending -- their usual Sunday afternoon topics. 

But we got an expanded explanation from the Ford brothers as the show went on, and they opened the phone lines to viewers. Ford was apologizing for his embarrassing public drunkenness incidents that made the news, like his wild St. Patrick's Day party at City Hall, or when he showed up "hammered" to The Taste of Danforth street festival, as Ford described his condition on Sunday. He promised to "curb his drinking" in the future. His brother chimed in, suggesting he keep it confined to his "basement" instead of in public. 

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So Ford's statement wasn't the leave of absence or resignation some were expecting or hoping for. The focus now turns towards what else the cops have on Ford and his associates from the search warrant that brought down Sandro Lisi, Ford's driver who arrested for drug trafficking. There's also the alleged second video Blair said police have in their possession, the one nobody knew about until Thursday. It's contents remain a mystery, though there are rumors floating around about what it could be. "What’s on the other one? Are we not to know? Because a few reporters have already been told by sources what its contents might be," the Toronto Star's Rosie Dimanno writes. "If true, believe me, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Some want to keep it that way."

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