Wednesday, 22 August, 2018


Urban Meyer Apologizes For 'Misleading' Domestic Violence Response

Urban Meyer says he failed on media day dealing with Zach Smith Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer: Claims That I Ignored Abuse Allegations Are ‘Simply False’
Noah Ferguson | 07 August, 2018, 04:47

Start here: If Meyer followed proper protocol in 2015, why wasn't Smith fired then?

A text between Brett Smith and his wife Courtney was revealed on Friday, seeming to show him admitting to domestic abuse.

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer wrote on Twitter on Friday that he mishandled his answer last week during Big Ten media day about Zach Smith's 2015 domestic-abuse accusation and that he did act appropriately regarding it.

Meyer issued a statement saying he and athletic director Gene Smith "agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion. I take that responsibility very seriously and any suggestion to the contrary is simply false". She asked for the order after a July 20 disagreement and the court action resulted in Zach Smith being fired from Ohio State, where he was set to make $340,000 for the 2018 season.

On Friday afternoon, former wide receivers coach Zach Smith told radio broadcast 105.7 the Zone in Columbus that he "didn't deny" he was part of a troubled marriage or that things didn't "get physical", but that he had "never broke the law".

■ 2. If Meyer knew about the allegations in 2015, why did he continue to employ an accused serial abuser?

"Please know truth is the ultimate power and I am confident I took appropriate action", he said.

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer reacts during the fourth quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa, U.S., November 4, 2017.

Smith got into trouble with the law once again in October 2015, when the Powell (Ohio) Police investigated him for domestic violence against Courtney Smith. Cleveland.com found nine police reports involving Zach Smith and Courtney Smith. Now, there were times things got out of hand and I had to defensively restrain her ... "I was never told about anything". The abuse began in 2009, while he was an assistant to Meyer at the University of Florida, she said.

Regarding Meyer's statement, Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann tweeted: "Urban Meyer's statement seems written with contract law in mind".

Courtney Smith is the ex-wife of Zach Smith, Ohio State football team's former assistant coach.

Meyer admitted that he did not handle the situation correctly during Big Ten media days, saying that his job is to be "clear, compassionate and, most of all, completely accurate".

Coach shall promptly report to Ohio State's Title IX Athletics any known violations of Ohio State's Sexual Misconduct Policy (including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, intimate violence and stalking) that involve any student, faculty or staff or that is in connection with a university sponsored activity or event. I didn't. I don't know what's going on, but I'm going to go down and meet with the investigator and find out what the deal is. "However, I was not adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media, and I apologize". He won a third national championship, with Ohio State, in 2015.

And then in 2010, when star running back Chris Rainey threatened to kill his estranged girlfriend by sending her a text message - "Time to die, bitch" - Meyer suspended Rainey for four whole games.

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News.

In this episode of Accost the Field, Tony Gerdeman and Tom Orr talk about everything that has been going on with the Ohio State football program over the last, oh, three days or so.

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