Doug Ford provides Mayor Rob Ford rehab 'proof'

Toronto City councillor Doug Ford, right, and his brother mayor Rob Ford are pictured during a...

Toronto City councillor Doug Ford, right, and his brother mayor Rob Ford are pictured during a press conference outside of the mayor's office at City Hall in Toronto in this February 20, 2014 file photo. (Veronica Henri/QMI Agency)

Don Peat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:41 PM ET

TORONTO - Doug Ford provided his promised “proof” late Friday that Mayor Rob Ford has been in rehab for the last week but you’ll have to take the CBC’s word for it.

Coun. Ford promised QMI Agency’s Joe Warmington Thursday night that he would release “something” to “put an end to all speculation” about the mayor’s whereabouts.

After spending much of the day promising QMI and other media outlets that proof was coming, Ford — the mayor’s campaign manager — struck a deal with the CBC to give them access to the mayor’s rehab doctor. CBC noted it agreed to withhold the location of the rehab “out of consideration for the privacy and confidentiality of Ford, other patients, the facility and its staff.”

According to the CBC report posted online Friday night, Mayor Ford was taken to the treatment centre by Doug Ford on May 1 after he flew back to Canada from Chicago when he didn’t enter the U.S. The CBC went on to report that Ford went to hospital for a four-day stay last Saturday before returning to rehab on Wednesday.

“I have every assurance and confidence (Ford) was nowhere else,” the unnamed physician told CBC.

Doug Ford could not be reached for comment late Friday.

The “proof” comes the same day QMI released a new video of Ford shouting profanities that was shot in a Weston Rd. bar on April 27.

“No one better f--- with me. I’m going to kick you in the f---ing head,” Ford says in the video.

Earlier in the day, Coun. Ford said the proof would likely be coming later in the day in the form of a written statement.

“You guys have to hang in there,” he told QMI Agency on Friday. “I’m working on something.

“Basically, I want someone else to qualify that Rob has been there 24/7 since the day we said it.”

Mayor Ford took a leave of absence last week after another video surfaced appearing to show him smoking crack cocaine and an audio tape captured him ranting obscenities in a bar.

“I have a problem with alcohol, and the choices I have made while under the influence. I have struggled with this for some time,” read the mayor’s statement from last week.

Since his sudden exit, the mayor has given two interviews by phone with QMI Agency and it was revealed that despite flying to Chicago, he didn’t formally enter the U.S. and returned to Canada.

Ford told Warmington on Tuesday that he feels “great.”

Rehab is amazing. It reminds me of football camp. Kind of like the Washington Redskins camp I went to as a kid,” Ford said.

A day later, Ford said he couldn’t give any further interviews.

“I got into major s--- for talking to you, so I can’t talk to you,” Ford said.


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