DAVIE—As is often the case when something like this happens, at least some of the Dolphins’ players were completely blindsided when a video surfaced of offensive line coach Chris Foerster snorting a white, powdery substance.
Foerster resigned in disgrace this morning after the video circulated Sunday night, creating a jarring scandal for the organization in the middle of the season. Eric Smith, a rookie tackle who is out for the season with an injury, said one of his college friends sent him the video late Sunday. He assumed it was a joke, until he pressed play.
“I had no words—still, to this moment,” Smith said. “It’s been about 12 hours since I’ve seen the video, and I’m still in shock. I have no true expression or emotion for the situation. It’s a lot to take in. You don’t see this every day, and definitely not with every team… I still don’t have any words to put toward the situation.”
Foerster, 55, came to the Dolphins in 2016 after 23 years as a pro and college assistant. He also served as the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator in 2004.
Of the 12 offensive linemen on Miami’s roster, seven were in their second season working under Foerster. Three of his former players came through the locker room today—Sam Young, Isaac Asiata and Smith—and a few others thought better of walking in as they continued down the hallway.
Smith stopped for about three minutes, saying mostly what a surprise it was and showing his concern for Foerster’s wellbeing.
“We’re all staying positive,” he said. “We have nothing negative to say about him. This all hit us very suddenly, and we were all shocked. This is a whole different perspective that we have of our coach.
“Everybody has their own life outside of football, but of that magnitude? It hit us hard. We love the guy. We truly love the guy. You can talk to everybody on the o-line; we all have our own emotions towards Coach. That was big on us.”
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