MIAMI GARDENS — Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase called former offensive line coach Chris Foerster late Sunday night.
They’ve know each other since 2008. And this was easily their most difficult conversation.
“Brief,” Gase said Monday morning. “Just told him that I was aware. Apologized to me. And then this morning he resigned.”
Foerster is out because late Sunday night, an undated video which appears to show Foerster snorting a line of powdered white substance, was leaked on the internet.
Gase learned about the video about 10:45 p.m. Sunday, as he was unwinding following Miami’s defeat of Tennessee. General Manager Chris Grier called.
“I don’t think I could say what my reaction was,” Gase said.
Gase said he called Foerster Sunday night. They spoke in person Monday morning.
“Obviously he’s disappointed,” Gase said. “He’s upset. He’s mad at himself. But you know just it’s unfortunate.”
Gase was asked if he had any idea that Foerster has or has had an addiction issue.
“I haven’t been around him for eight years we were apart,” Gase said. “Since I’ve been around him he’s always been a guy that just put his head down and worked. Was here at 4 in the morning. Worked as hard as he could for us.”
The organization said that while it will support Foerster, the behavior is unacceptable.
“Yeah I mean, it’s not a good situation,” Gase said. “It wasn’t something that 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’ve got to take the next step and move on because we’re going to play on Sunday.”
Gase says he doesn’t know if Foerster was blackmailed.
Gase said he’s not ready to announce Foerster’s successor.
Gase said the Dolphins will find a way to push through yet another off-field issue.
“That’s the NFL, man,” Gase said. “It’s a league of distractions. You move on.”
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