Dolphins O-Line Coach Chris Foerster Resigns After Video Reveals Him Snorting White Powder
The Miami Dolphins (2-2) are fourth in the AFC East following a 16-10 home loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, although that is not currently their greatest problem.
Dolphins Assistant Coach Chris Foerster Resignation News
Offensive line coach Chris Foerster resigned early Monday after a video surfaced over the weekend in which he appeared to be snorting a white powder that resembled cocaine.
Foerster said in a statement that he will seek professional help.
“I am resigning from my position with the Miami Dolphins and accept full responsibility for my actions,” Foerster said. “I want to apologize to the organization and my sole focus is on getting the help that I need with the support of my family and medical professionals.”
In the clip, Foerster is seen using a $20 bill to snort the substance off a table and then saying to the camera, “Hey, I miss you. … Thinking about you. … How about me going to a meeting and doing this before I go.”
Here is the video, as shared by Cox Media’s Ollie Connolly:
This is the video supposedly of Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster snorting coke before a meeting pic.twitter.com/L7ZsdZMH7U
— Ollie Connolly (@OllieConnolly) October 9, 2017
According to the New York Daily News, the video was posted to Facebook by a Las Vegas stripper named Kijuana Nige, but has since been deleted.
Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said he learned of the video’s existence around 10:45pm EST on Sunday.
“It’s not a good situation,” Gase said. “It’s not something you expect. But things happen sometimes that you don’t anticipate and you have to deal with it. It’s not fun, especially when you’re close to somebody. But you gotta take the next step and move on, because we’re going to play on Sunday.”
Foerster — who will be 56 on Thursday — was one of the top-paid assistant coaches in the NFL, with a salary estimated to be between $2.5 and $3 million a year. He previously served as an assistant coach for several teams including the Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings.
Gase also apparently described Foerster using a poor choice of words, according to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald. “Since I’ve been around him, he’s always been a guy that just put his head down and work,” Gase said. “He was here are 4 in the morning, worked as hard as he could for us. It is what it is.”
The two coaches have known each other since 2008.
This is not the first time a Miami offensive line coach has lost his job following a controversy. In 2014, the Dolphins fired assistant coach Jim Turner after Ted Wells’ investigation into the bullying scandal in the team’s locker room where Jonathan Martin was harassed by his teammates on the offensive line.
Miami was already heavily criticized and mocked during the offseason for signing quarterback Jay Cutler to a one-year, $10 million deal, and this will surely provide more fodder for derision.
The Dolphins next visit the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
ASHBURN, VA – CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Chris Foerster of the Washington Redskins poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Ashburn, Virginia. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)