Tags: Johnson | Ford | sprinter | crack | Toronto

Disgraced Sprinter Joins Crack Mayor's Re-election Campaign

Tuesday, 08 Apr 2014 06:53 PM

 

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who has admitted to smoking crack cocaine, on Tuesday hosted the disgraced Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson at his city hall office, with some media reports saying Johnson had joined his re-election campaign.

In a video posted online, Ford said Johnson wanted to help the mayor get more votes in the October election.

"I support Ben 100 percent," Ford told reporters with Johnson by his side. "We've all made mistakes in life. I've supported him since day one and that's the bottom line."

Ford has attracted global notoriety for a string of missteps, including public drunkenness, and buying and using illegal drugs.

Johnson, who won gold in the 100 meters sprint final at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, was stripped of the medal after testing positive for doping, then later banned for life after re-offending.

On the 25th anniversary of those games last year, Johnson returned to Seoul to warn the next generation of athletes away from performance-enhancing drugs.

A representative from Ford's office confirmed that the mayor had met with Johnson, but declined to provide details about the nature of the meeting.

© 2015 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

FBI Arrests Russian Spy Posing as Banker in NYC

Monday, 26 Jan 2015 15:12 PM

The U.S. government on Monday unveiled criminal charges against three men for their alleged involvement in a Russian spy . . .

Hundreds Pack Idaho Hearing on Gay Rights

Monday, 26 Jan 2015 19:53 PM

A measure before the Idaho legislature that would grant job and housing protections for gay and transgender people drew  . . .

Thousands of Flights Canceled as Storm Descends on the East

Monday, 26 Jan 2015 19:14 PM

Airline travelers are going nowhere fast because of the blizzard bearing down on the Northeast. . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved