Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer issued a statement on his Twitter account Friday afternoon, claiming that he followed the proper reporting protocols when he learned about a domestic violence incident involving now-former OSU assistant coach Zach Smith in 2015.
— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 3, 2018
In the statement, Meyer also admitted that when discussing Smith and domestic violence and being “clear, compassionate, and most of all, completely accurate,” he “failed on many of those fronts” at Big Ten Media Days at the end of July. He also vowed to cooperate with Ohio State’s investigators, and proclaimed that he was “confident that I took appropriate action” regarding Smith.
Earlier this week, Smith’s ex-wife Courtney alleged that Meyer knew about previous incidents of abuse by Smith. At Big Ten Media Days, Meyer denied knowing about the 2015 incidents and became combative when asked about his knowledge of those incidents. He was placed on administrative leave soon after the allegations by Courtney Smith this week.
It’s really not the best look for Meyer to claim that he went through the proper channels back in 2015 just a week after saying he had no idea about anything that happened in 2015. One thing is for sure – this story isn’t over yet. Not by a long shot.