Asked what the options are, he added: I cannot elaborate at this time. I am exploring my options and considering them carefully.
That certainly sounds like he has a job offer to consider, presumably in a bigger market. He is under contract at Channel 2, but those contracts typically can have outs for bigger market offers or offers within the TEGNA group of stations owned by Channel 2’s owner.
Jerry’s name wasn’t brought up, York said. I understand why somebody who’s dealing with this issue for the first time might have a visceral reaction. I went through this last year. But it’s important that we understand and that people understand that our players are not trying to be disrespectful to the flag or disrespectful to their country. They’re trying to bring awareness to issues that people who look like me don’t understand.
“We were made aware of the video late last night and have no tolerance for this behavior. After speaking with Chris this morning, he accepted full responsibility and we accepted his resignation effective immediately. Although Chris is no longer with the organization, we will work with him to get the help he needs during this time.”
The video shows Foerster sitting at a table and looking into a camera as he speaks, with lines on the table.
“How about me going into a meeting and doing this before I go?” he says. He then uses a rolled up $20 bill to snort the lines of the white powdery substance off the table.
“If you look at the players,” he said, “we’re utilizing the largest platform we have and so now, in a search for using the largest source of resources that we have, which is the NFL — the NFL has a government affairs office that does a lot of work — so being able to utilize that resource and make changes that we want to see obviously as players and the causes that we care about so passionately about, I thought that was a step in the right direction of us unifying the NFL community and going in the right direction toward progress.”
Having Goodell co-sign the letter was also important, Baldwin said.