A coach with a major league American football team has resigned after the emergence of a video appearing to show him snorting white powder.
The short clip, posted on Facebook by a Las Vegas-based model, shows Miami Dolphins’ offensive line coach Chris Foerster apparently sniffing a substance through a rolled-up $ 20 note.
Foerster said in a statement released by the Dolphins on Monday: “I am resigning from my position with the Miami Dolphins and accept full responsibility for my actions.
“I want to apologise to the organisation and my sole focus is on getting the help that I need with the support of my family and medical professionals.”
The football franchise said it had been made aware of the video on Sunday night. The Miami Herald said sources familiar with the Dolphins’ headquarters say the video appears to have been shot in their offices.
The team said in its own statement: “We were made aware of the video late last night and have no tolerance for this behaviour.
“After speaking with Chris this morning, he accepted full responsibility and we accepted his resignation effective immediately.
“Although Chris is no longer with the organisation, we will work with him to get the help he needs during this time.”
The 55-year-old was one of the highest-paid assistant coaches in the National Football League (NFL), earning somewhere between $ 2.5m and $ 3m a year, according to ESPN.
He had been with the Dolphins for two years having previously worked with the Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers and five other teams.
Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said, after speaking to Foerster: “It’s not a good situation. Things happen that you don’t anticipate. It’s not fun, especially when you’re close with somebody.”
The clip was widely circulated on social media but has been taken down by the model who posted it originally.