Urban Meyer Apologizes For 'Misleading' Domestic Violence Response

Urban Meyer Apologizes For 'Misleading' Domestic Violence Response

Wednesday, reports would surface suggesting that head coach Urban Meyer knew of domestic violence allegations against his assistant, Zach Smith.

Courtney Smith said she made Meyer's wife, Shelley, aware of the alleged abuse and Shelley Meyer said she would speak to her husband, but Courtney Smith did not follow up to find out whether Urban Meyer had been informed.

Regarding the photos that show bruises and blood on Courtney Smith, Zach Smith said Friday during an interview on Columbus, Ohio, radio station WXZX: "I'm not discounting that (they are authentic)". In addition to the statement, Smith said athletic director Gene Smith knew of the 2015 allegations, urgently calling him home from a recruiting trip. "I don't know what happened", she added. "I take that responsibility very seriously and any suggestion to the contrary is simply false".

Urban Meyer says his intention at media day was not to say anything inaccurate and he apologized. By his telling on July 24 in Chicago at Big Ten football media days, he'd had no information at all in 2015 to pass up the line.

Courtney: "Restraining orders don't do anything in Ohio-I tried to get protection order which is what started this whole investigation".

"I can't say it didn't happen because I wasn't there", Meyer said last month. "I think there's a reason for that", The Athletic Ohio State beat writer Ari Wasserman said on Taz & The Moose. I volunteered to do that.

"I just hope they resolve (the investigation) fairly quickly so he can get back to coaching", fan Gary Richmond told WSYX. "I don't know who creates a story like that".

Meyer told reporters at Big Ten Media Days last week he knew nothing about a 2015 complaint or any other domestic issues that Zach Smith had during the six years Meyer and Smith worked together at Ohio State.

Had Meyer known about the accusations and not reported them through the proper channels, it would have likely violated the terms of the contract extension he signed with the school earlier this year.

Meyer is on paid leave while Ohio State investigates the issue.

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During his interview with ESPN, Zach Smith was read Meyer's statement. That's who he is right there.

It strains belief that a superstar coach who makes split-second decisions every Saturday was not "adequately prepared", to use his words from Friday's statement, to answer questions from a few reporters.

Smith maintained his innocence, saying he has never been charged by police in OH and that nothing he did warrants it.

Smith continued to work for the Florida football team. "I never beat her. Nothing".

Smith later said "I freaked out" when he saw his wife bleeding, and said "Oh my god, are you okay?" and helped her clean up, and said "Oh my God, I didn't mean to do that". "Just stay away", Courtney Smith responded.

Both ESPN and The Zone are taking criticism for giving Smith this kind of platform.

"He picked me up by the neck and threw me down on the ground in our bathroom, and screamed at me, 'Look what you turned me into, '" she said in that interview.

In one text to Courtney Smith, Shelley Meyer said of Zach Smith: "He scares me".

Steve thinks that Meyer's statement is exactly what people say when their actions say otherwise and that there has been a lot of spin by people who are trying to set a narrative that isn't based on truth, but how to get out of this and get Meyer back on the field. I was at all the meetings, I knew exactly what he knew. At the appropriate time, I will also address the questions and speculation in a public forum. I knew exactly what he did.

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