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But that was just the beginning of a wild day at the Wilson Building.

Long-time city hall watchers will be hard-pressed to find a day as surreal as Thursday's.

It began with Brown's forceful exit. Later there were chases and stand-offs between the mayor and the press corps. And it ended with Brown crashing a press conference about his firing, where he delivered a tear-filled response.

"It's really hard to swallow for some political bull-(expletive) for this guy to look at me to tell me I wasn't a good fit," said Brown. "If I wasn't a good fit the mayor wouldn't have sent me there in the first place."

Before the Brown controversy it had already been a long week for both Gray and Council Chair Kwame Brown. A week filled with questions about "fully-loaded" SUVs, debatable hiring practices and steep staff raises, a week both men are probably glad is finally ending.

**NBC4 video of the fired staffer, defending himself at a news conference Thursday:**

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