TORONTO - Mayor Rob Ford insists he has no connection to the Anthony Smith killing and is growing "tired" of innuendos suggesting otherwise.
Same goes for media questions sent to the mayor's office asking whether he was involved in having former football players he coached assault his sister's ex-boyfriend inside the Toronto West Detention Centre.
"It pisses me off," Ford said of tweets, questions and gossip.
And, he said, it's not true. With reporters asking such questions, Ford said he felt he needed to set the record straight so that there's no further ambiguity.
There was also a media report Tuesday quoting a defence lawyer saying the disclosure in the case in which his client was cleared in the slaying of Smith was happening because of an "ongoing investigation" by Toronto Police.
Police didn't comment on the lawyer's conjecture.
But Ford still wanted to clear the air.
"I had nothing to do with it," he said of Smith's death.
Smith was one of the men in the infamous photo with Ford outside an Etobicoke residence.
Another man in the photo, Muhammad Khattak, was wounded.
Ford's comments came just hours after a second person implicated in Smith's slaying had his charges stayed.