A photo of Toronto's budget chief allegedly tickling its gleeful Mayor Rob Ford made its way around the Internet today, and now the accused tickler is setting the record straight. 

"Oh my God! You’ve got to be kidding," Frank Di Giorgio told the Toronto Sun today. According to Di Giorgio, the image sure to inspire a thousand memes was inspired by football, as both he and Ford are ex-high school coaches. 

"The mayor and I share a background in football, any time the mayor, let’s say gets angry with me, I say, ‘You know what, we’ve got to settle this on the football field," Di Giorgio explained. "I said to him let’s get down into a three-point stance and we’ll fire out at each other and we’ll see who wins on this thing. I kind of lunged towards to him and pushed him back."

There are plenty of other things to clown Fordin all of his red-faced, cherubic gloryabout, so the defensive tone of Di Giorgio's response is just hilarious. What's more, it doesn't look like Ford is too concerned about that pending lawsuit. Also, why can't a GIF or a video of this exist?

[via Toronto Sun]

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