Councillor Josh Matlow

New York Daily News: EXCLUSIVE: Toronto pol to cover Mayor Rob Ford’s wager with Brooklyn Borough President

May 5th, 2014

Doyle Murphy

New York Daily News

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, shown in September 2013, ducked into rehab before paying off his bet with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

Add backing out on bets to his list of offenses.

A Toronto City Councilman has vowed to make good on a wager between Mayor Rob Ford and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams now that the partying pol has checked into rehab.

Toronto Councillor Josh Matlow, a one-term councilman who has repeatedly called for the embattled mayor to resign, stepped forward Monday to assure Brooklynites that Canada would honor Ford’s NBA wager — a CD by Canadian star Drake.

“With or without Mayor Ford, the business of government must go on,” Matlow told the News. “We’ve got to improve transit, fix gridlock and get a Drake CD over to President Adams.”

Adams bet that Brooklyn would beat Toronto in the first round of the NBA playoffs — but by Brooklyn’s 104-103 Game 7 win on Sunday, Ford had already taken a leave of absence to deal with his well-publicized substance abuse problems.

Adams had originally wagered a Brooklyn Brewery six-pack and Jay Z album but dropped the beer at Ford’s request.

“I don’t want it involving alcohol because I know how it will get spun,” Ford, who’d previously admitted smoking crack, told the Toronto Sun in April.

A sixer of suds turned out to be the least of the Mayor’s troubles when on April 30 the Globe and Mail published photos of Ford allegedly smoking crack from a copper pipe.

Ford abruptly announced his plans to take a leave of absence to “deal with his issues,” he told reporters.

“I wish the mayor well,” said Adams. “This is a teaching moment. The issues surrounding alcohol and drug addiction impact all of us and if it can reach the mayor of a major city you can only imagine how it reaches everyday people.”

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