MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Pinecrest Police Department has launched an investigation into a South Florida high school baseball coach who was fired for allegedly sending sexually explicit video to his players at Gulliver Prep. In the meantime, that coach has told CBS4 News it was all a big mistake.READ MORE: Parkland first responder weighs in on Uvalde massacre: ‘It’s gut wrenching’
“I mistakenly sent the wrong text to the wrong group and I immediately told them ‘Guys, I apologize this was not meant for you guys please erase and delete.’ I immediately called the team captains and told them ‘I’m so sorry, I apologize’ and that ‘I didn’t mean to send this text,’” said Javier Rodriguez who spoke to CBS4’s Eliott Rodriguez via Facetime Friday afternoon while he was in Orlando, just hours after the police department launched its investigation.
“To ensure the most thorough investigation into this allegation we want to give the opportunity to any student, past or present, who may have received an inappropriate electronic multi-media message as described by the school’s administration, to come forward. We ask that anyone who has any information regarding these allegations call the police department at 305-234-2100,” wrote the police department in a statement.
Javier Rodriguez was fired Thursday after the school administration at Gulliver Preparatory confirmed he had texted “inappropriate electronic communication containing or linking to a brief, sexually explicit video during the 2015 season.”
Rodriguez admits the video did have explicit material but doesn’t remember exactly what it was. “I don’t remember the video to be honest. It was a long time ago. It was in December,” he said. “It was guy humor. It was a lady that was there that was pretty and she was going to take her shirt off but she never ended up taking her shirt off but it turned into a few men that were there and that’s pretty much the extent of the video.”READ MORE: Residents fed up with Biscayne Bay parties
Despite not being able to remember much about the video, he admitted it was a mistake. “Kids shouldn’t probably be watching that video but then again I made a mistake. I sent the text to the wrong group chat.”
Rodriguez had been the head coach at Gulliver for eight years and before that he was an assistant baseball coach. He said sending the text was a serious lapse in judgement on his part and offered his apology to students and parents at the school.
“My family and everyone around me has really suffered because of the way it was handled. My character has been diminished to nothing. I’m glad the way the news media has come up and said the truth. I’m willing to say it, a lot of people make mistakes. People send the wrong texts to the wrong people all the time.”
When asked if he was going to fight his termination at Gulliver, he said he wasn’t sure but did say he would be too embarrassed to walk the hallways of Gulliver even if he were given a second chance.MORE NEWS: 'Hidden Worlds': An immersive voyage into deepest oceans & mesmerizing mangroves through state-of-the-art technology
He is encouraged however, by the large amount of support he’s received. “I didn’t realize how many friends I had until this happened because when you wake up in the morning and have 500 texts from different people offering help because they know what kind of person I am, it feels good.”