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Thursday, January 24, 2019

NMSU coach Chris Symington cited twice in four days for huffing air from can

Chris-SymingtonThe New Mexico State University football team hired offensive line coach Chris Symington on May 9. Unfortunately, a dangerous addiction has resulted in the school already looking to replace him. According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, Symington was cited two times in four days for huffing compressed air.

According to police, Symington received his first criminal citation on Sunday night when an officer found him “slumped over sitting in his vehicle and apparently having seizures.” The officer said he witnessed Symington inhale compressed air from a canister before he approached him.

A separate police report from Tuesday said that police were called to a CVS Pharmacy at around 11:15 a.m. after Symington allegedly locked himself in the store bathroom and was again huffing. An officer said he was “disoriented” but cooperative and admitted he was inhaling from a can.

Deadspin has copies of both police reports.

Symington resigned from New Mexico State on Tuesday, with head coach Doug Martin expressing concern for Symington’s health.

“Right now our concern is for Chris’ health and helping him get better,” Martin said. “Myself and the staff support coach Symington and will do everything we can to help him. His health is more important right now than the game of football.”

He’s obviously got some serious issues that need to be tended to.

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