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Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake wants to be Ford's 'angel of mercy'
By DON PEAT, QMI Agency


Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake outside Mayor Rob Ford's office Thursday, November 7, 2013. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

Another day in the Mayor Rob Ford crack scandal, another legendary wrestler knocking on his door.

Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake showed up at City Hall Thursday to offer Ford some advice about fighting alcohol and drugs — and to give away free sandwiches from Belly Buster Subs.

He ended up getting dumped out of the City Hall ring by security.

“I just watched a video and (Ford) was completely out of his mind. He needs help, he needs an intervention,” Beefcake told reporters of the video released Thursday. “I am going to be his angel of mercy.”

It was the second time in two days that a retired wrestling superstar has shown up in front of the mayor’s office. On Wednesday, the Iron Sheik challenged Ford to an arm-wrestling match.


Beefcake — who also came with a pair of garden shears — didn’t get to face off with Ford.

He was quickly ejected by City Hall security and banned from the building for 24 hours.

“This is not a place to advertise your food,” one security guard told him.

In an interview as he was walked out of Nathan Phillips Square, Beefcake told the Toronto Sun he came to try to help Ford.

“I’m a healthy guy, I’m almost 60 years old, 37 years in wrestling, you know I trained 7 days a week,” Beefcake said. “I buried 25 of my best friends from drugs and alcohol and I’m trying to spread the word for people to get rid of that s---, get healthy, work out, get your mind and body together, and live a better life.

“Leave the drugs and alcohol alone because it is the devil’s work,” he added.

City spokesman Jackie DeSouza said the wrestler was escorted out of the building because he wasn’t complying with security staff.

“He showed up with a large pair of garden shears and was doing promotional work for a sandwich company,” she said. “The shears were taken away from him as they were considered dangerous and the city has established procedures in place to rent space for event/promotional purposes.”

— With files from Shawn Jeffords

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