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Former Dolphins coach Chris Foerster talks about bizarre video/rehab

Roy Cummings

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In his first public interview about the bizarre bombshell video of him snorting cocaine on his Dolphins office desk that led to his dismissal, Chris Foester spoke about getting clean and despite what happened, about “never being happier.”

The former Dolphins offensive line coach talked exclusively to Tom Pelissero of NFL.com recently, and his item was released Wednesday night.

In it, Pelissero details the events that led up to the now infamous video Foerster shot on a camera phone in his office. Foerster, who claims to have battled alcohol problems for 30 years then opened up about the events leading up to the video.

Here’s the excerpt:

He met the woman who eventually leaked the infamous video, Kijuana Nige, through a backpage ad while bored in California this past September with the Dolphins, who’d been displaced by Hurricane Irma. They partied together for two days, he says. By the time Foerster made the video in late September, he says he had used cocaine for eight or nine consecutive days and realized upon boarding the team plane to London, where the Dolphins played the Saints on Oct. 1, that he’d done too much.

Foerster says the video preceded a trip to the airport — not a team meeting, as he said on the tape, which he barely remembers making. “I was so messed up at the time,” he says now. Even though he’d sometimes come straight into the office at 4 a.m. from the night out, “I never ran a meeting (high), never at my job, I was never under the influence.” In Foerster’s drug-twisted logic that day, he wanted to get rid of his stash, stay awake on the plane to get work done and sleep after practice the next day.

Nije leaked the video he sent to her about two weeks later, the night the Dolphins had beaten the Titans at home in October. Then, in a series of posts/rants on social media, she claimed Foerster had promised to take care of her financially, etc., but had not done so. She also included ramblings about¬† “white privilege” being her motive in her posts.

Foerster told Pelissero that he met with coach Adam Gase and a member of the Dolphins security staff first about the video and then, by Monday morning he had agreed to resign and seek help. He entered a drug treatment facility in West Palm Beach for 60 days and that facility shows his discharge being December 8th upon completion of their program.

Foerster has been an NFL coach for 24 years, including his two different stints with the Dolphins and also formerly with the Buccaneers and the Colts.

He says that he’s trying to reconcile with his wife and grown children, who live in Indianapolis and that someday he would like to coach again. Foerster telling Pelissero, “The No. 1 consequence for me is I have a chance to fix my life,” he said. “I have a chance to get well, I have a chance to get right, I have a chance to get better.”

As for coaching, at 56 years old, he’s unlikely to get another NFL shot, but says possibly college or even high school coaching, might be down the road. But Foerster also concedes, “Is it never going to be again? Then maybe it’s never again. I had 25 years in the league and 10 in college. I’ve been blessed. I made a terrible mistake and I’m responsible for it, and I didn’t go to treatment because I wanted to get my job back. I knew this s— was out of control. It’s been the most humbling experience. But it’s what I needed.”

Roy Cummings is a native of Chicago, Illinois who grew up in the suburb of Lombard. He and his family later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Roy attended high school at Kathleen High. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications in 1983 and immediately went to work for the Tampa Tribune. After five years working in a Polk County bureau covering everything from high school sports to college football to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Roy moved back to Tampa and became the Tribune's first beat writer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, covering the team from its inception through the first eight years on the ice. He was then moved to the Buccaneers beat, where he stayed until the paper was folded in May, 2016. A two-time Florida Sports Writer of the Year, Roy has extensive experience covering all Tampa professional sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays.

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