Rob Ford Puts Crack Cocaine Admission Tie Up On eBay

By McCarton Ackerman 02/27/15

The former Mayor of Toronto continues his long slide into obscurity.

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In yet another sign of the stunning fall of Rob Ford, the former Mayor of Toronto is holding an eBay auction for the tie he wore when he publicly admitted in November 2013 to smoking crack cocaine.

Ford, who is currently receiving treatment for a rare form of cancer known as liposarcoma, is auctioning off the football tie adorned with logos from NFL teams past and present. The bid closes next Wednesday, but has already received a top bid of over $7,400.

Ford is also auctioning off other memorabilia including a football jersey, poster and print pants, all of which will come with a signed certificate of authenticity. Ten percent of the proceeds will go to “liposarcoma facilities and research,” although it’s unclear if Ford is pocketing the rest.

The embattled former mayor entered an inpatient treatment facility in April 2014 before returning to office that June. However, the Toronto Star quoted anonymous sources who claimed he had behaved in an aggressive manner towards residents and staff, forcing him to be removed from group therapy sessions.

Issues of journalism ethics arose with the story, with some opposing that it was run because Ford was on leave from his mayoral duties during his stay in rehab. Other suggested the story was fair game since Ford granted interviews to newspapers while receiving treatment.

Last September, a Toronto production of Rob Ford the Musical: Birth of a Ford Nation ran for two weeks at the Factory Theater, but was largely panned. Despite having a bizarre endorsement from Mike Tyson as he attempted to win re-election, Ford withdrew from Toronto’s mayoral race that same month after the discovery of an abdominal tumor. He reportedly went through several rounds of chemotherapy at the end of last year, but has not said whether his cancer is in remission.

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