Disgraced Sprinter Joins Crack Mayor's Re-election Campaign

Tuesday, 08 Apr 2014 06:53 PM

 

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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.

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