Video released Sunday night apparently showed then-Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster snorting cocaine while professing his affection to a woman. What was that all about? How and why did it get put out for entire world to see?
The woman, who has been identified as Kijuana Nige, said on Facebook that she released that footage because of players being held to a higher standard than coaches.
“I have plenty of white friends so I’m not making this a race issue,” wrote Nige, who is black. “People are missing the point. My point is everyone has to be held accountable for their decisions. They roast players over anthems while the coaches be high as shit and probably can’t even sing along.”
Tweet via Boston Herald columnist Bill Speros:
— Obnoxious Boston Fan (@realOBF) October 9, 2017
Foerster is now out of a job. He resigned on Monday.
“I am resigning from my position with the Miami Dolphins and accept full responsibility for my actions,” he said in a statement. “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.”
The Dolphins aren’t an exception in the long running controversy over national anthem protests. Some NFL players nationwide have taken to kneeling during the Star-Spangled Banner to oppose police brutality against people of color. Critics argue that this is disrespectful toward military service-members, although San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid said that kneeling, as opposed to simply sitting, was designed to be respectful.
In September, President Donald Trump said team owners should fire such players, whom he collectively referred to as “son of a bitch.” Many team owners initially voiced and showed support for those who protested, that has changed amid blowback from NFL fans who hated the kneeling. On Sunday, Miami Dolphins team owner Stephen Ross required players to stand during the anthem.