During a ceremony honouring Canadian boxing legend George Chuvalo to receive a key to the city by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, classless Toronto Star reporter David Rider asked Chuvalo about witnessing substance abuse from Ford:
“Mr. Chuvalo, you’ve fought against substance abuse; can you talk about that? And you’ve also known the Ford family — have you seen any evidence of it?”
“Mr. Chuvalo, you’ve talked about substance abuse. That’s your main focus. There’s a story in the Star today saying the mayor might have a problem or appears to have a problem with substance abuse.
“Have you seen any evidence of that?”
The only reason we found out who it was that acted in such an unprofessional way was because the National Post’s Christie Blatchford outed him (see here) and had the video of his disgusting behaviour posted online:
Chuvalo showed Rider what true class really is didn’t he?
I then started ripping into Rider on Twitter to which Chuvalo’s wife Joanne replied to me:
*Notice Joanne works to help people with substance abuse*
Rider owes George Chuvalo and his family a personal apology for acting so inappropriately. If he will not and if the Toronto Star doesn’t accept this TMZ-standard, they must force him or fire him.
Update: I had a lengthy back and forth with Executive Editor of the Toronto Star, Murdoch Davis on Twitter which ended with him refusing to even acknowledge that what Rider did was wrong and knowing that the Chuvalo family is angry:
Update: Star reporter David Rider jumped in on a Twitter exchange between myself and Joanne Chuvalo and not only refused to apologize, sneered at and mocked the request: