Urban Meyer Releases Statement, Claims He Lied About Not Knowing About Domestic Violence Allegations
Urban Meyer has finally spoken on the domestic violence allegations against former coach Zach Smith from 2015. Meyer posted his statement on twitter:
— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 3, 2018
Meyer said, “I have always followed proper reporting protocols and procedures when I have learned of an incident involving a student-athlete, coach or member of our staff by elevating the issues to the proper channels. And, I did so regarding the Zach Smith incident in 2015.”
Despite allegedly following the proper procedures, Meyer then admitted that he did, in fact, lie on media day. He explained, “My intention was not to say anything inaccurate or misleading. However, I was not adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media, and I apologize for the way I handled those questions.”
Meyer ended his statement by saying, “Please know that the truth is the ultimate power and I am confident that I took appropriate action. As I stated above, I deeply regret if I have failed in my words. I ask that you continue to support the incredible coaches and student-athletes in our program, and I look forward to rejoining them soon.”
Ohio State put Meyer on paid administrative leave on Wednesday after the reports came out about him potentially knowing about the domestic violence accusations against Zach Smith. The university put a board of trustees on the investigation into Meyer’s knowledge of the situation. The university also suspended all media personnel from coming to their practices. The team opened up summer practices on Friday under the control of Ryan Day.