Eric Adams: Toronto pol could scare straight

Beep: Rob Ford could become role model for boro youth

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Borough President Adams wants Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to come talk to Brooklyn children — after he kicks drugs.

The Beep said as much after winning a wager with the embattled Canadian civic leader over the playoff series between the Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors, which the Nets squeaked out by one point in Game Seven on Sunday night. Ford stepped down from office last week to check in to rehab following the emergence of stills purportedly from a drug dealer’s cellphone video that shows the executive smoking crack cocaine, just days after making the bet with Adams. The borough’s booster-in-chief said that if Ford gets off the hard stuff, he should stop by to scare our youth straight.

“He could become a symbol,” Adams said. “When something can impact the mayor of a major city, you can only imagine how it affects everyday people.”

The terms of the gentlemen’s agreement mean that Toronto owes the Beep some music. Adams says he is ready to put it to good use.

“I’m going to be rocking to my Drake CD while I’m exercising,” Adams said.

Ford has been mired in controversy for more than a year, since another dope peddler claimed to have filmed Toronto’s mayor smoking crack. Ford finally relinquished his duties as top Torontonian on Wednesday after audio surfaced of him drunk and ranting at a bar, saying such things as “I’d like to f------ jam her” about a rival mayoral contender and “If you don’t give me another shot I’m going to knock your f------ teeth out.”

Ford has reportedly traveled to Chicago to enter a drug treatment program.

In light of the recent developments, and with the Nets sending the Raptors into extinction this weekend, a member of Toronto’s Council has stepped up to make good on Ford’s wager.

“A deal’s a deal,” said Councillor Josh Matlow, who represents Toronto’s Ward 22. “Toronto made a promise, and it should keep it.”

Matlow said he would send an album from Toronto native and actor-turned-rapper Drake, as promised.

The fill-in pol said he is sick of Ford’s antics and that the playoff series served as a good distraction for the people of his city.

“After the international embarrassment of our mayor, it was really nice to be represented by some world-class athletes,” Matlow said.

The pol went so far as to question whether Ford is in fact headed to get clean.

“That’s what he said he’s doing,” Matlow said. “But he hasn’t always told the truth.”

The skeptical representative hopes Brooklynites will think associate his city with is big-name musician rather than its crack-smoking mayor.

“I want them to think of Drake before Rob Ford,” he said.

Adams first bet Ford a six-pack of Brooklyn Lager after the general manager of the Raptors, Masai Ujiri, yelled “F--- Brooklyn” during a Toronto pep rally ahead of the first playoff game. Adams agreed to the musically oriented terms when Ford expressed concern about how the media would construe a wager involving alcohol in light of his boozing and drugging problems.

Days later, Ford stepped down.

“My heart really goes out to the mayor,” Adams said after winning the bet. “I hope with the help he can turn things around.”

Adams is ready for the next Nets playoff series against the Miami Heat, which starts on Tuesday night in Florida. He plans to reach out to Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado to see if he is a gambling man.

“Miami Beach is out, Brighton Beach is in,” Adams said. “And since he’s not in rehab, maybe we can make it about some tasty Brooklyn beer.”

Asked if he had a message for Rob Ford, the often-philosophical Adams had this to impart:

“Hang in there. A bend in the road is not an end in the road, unless you fail to make the turn.”

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Epiphany from Ex-Brooklyn says:
Well, if the city and federal corruption investigations against Eric Adams are found to hold any muster (as reported both by this paper and her "sister" paper, The New York Post), who is going to be Adams' role model?

Brooklyn is under control of its own type of money and power addicts, tightly controlled by it's own gang: The Democratic Party Machine. They are getting higher every year on (your) money and power than Rob Ford ever did on booze and coke.

Remember, drugs were the way out for former neighborhood crack dealer, former Nets owner and vacuous business, man Jay Z (granted, he only sold crack to neighborhood kids and never smoked it himself). Hey, maybe he can be Adams' role model or vice versa! What good does either do for Brooklyn anyway?

In any event, you can be sure Adams will be retiring with more than his Borough President's salary—courtesy of your massive state, city and Port Authority tax burdens (unless you are a developer friend or know the secret handshake to get that tax abatement and share in the loot!).
May 6, 2014, 12:53 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Yup, you too can take drugs and not be arrested because you are a privileged politician.

If you are a street kid, it's off to Rikers and a baloney sandwich for you!

Quite the roll model - get off the hook kids!
May 6, 2014, 8:31 am
Scott from Park Slope says:
Eric Adams has consistently underwhelmed since winning the BP election. He is the same torpid machine creature Brooklyn has been plagued with for decades. For him and his ilk, holding public office is not an opportunity to serve but a platform to inflate their egos, bloviate, draw a public salary with benefits, get a car with a driver, and run the patronage system. He cannot even put together a grammatically correct sentence. Now he wants to bring Rob Ford, the shame of Canada, to Brooklyn to teach our kids lessons? It's absurd.

We deserve better than this clown. He deserves to follow Clarence Norman and Vito Lopez to jail.

We need more elected leaders like Brad Lander who engage their constituents and respond to their needs.
May 6, 2014, 9:52 am
Alex from Toronto says:
If Ford can get into the U.S., you can have him! Losing to the Nets becomes worth it! :-)
May 6, 2014, 10:49 am
Local from Here says:
Of course the guy from park slope wants to throw the minorities in jail, and promotes his white bread candidate.
May 7, 2014, 1:42 am

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