Urban Meyer Fired On the Heels of Allegations He Kicked Former Jaguars Player
Following allegations that Urban Meyer allegedly kicked former player Josh Lambo, and several other controversial reports in recent months, the embattled head coach of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars has been fired.
The Jaguars are 2-11 this season and Meyer coached just 13 games. Meyer has faced several scandals during his time with the team including at the start of the year when he hired a strength coach who was accused of making racist remarks about Black players in his previous job. Meyer was later seen in a viral video at a bar with a woman, who was not his wife, dancing against him. Meyer later apologized for the incident.
According to reports, Meyer had repeatedly clashed with his players and assistant coaches and was accused of calling the other coaches “losers,” though he denied it.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan decided to fire Meyer and had this to say:
“After deliberation over many weeks and a thorough analysis of the entirety of Urban’s tenure with our team, I am bitterly disappointed to arrive at the conclusion that an immediate change is imperative for everyone.” Khan said. “I informed Urban of the change this evening. As I stated in October, regaining our trust and respect was essential. Regrettably, it did not happen.”
Recently former player Josh Lambo told the Tampa Bay Times that back in August, during practice, Meyer kicked him.
He said Meyer said,
“Hey Dips–t, make your f–king kicks!”
“And kicks me in the leg,” Lambo said.
Lambo told the Tampa Bay Times that the kick “certainly wasn’t as hard as he could’ve done it, but it certainly wasn’t a love tap.”
“Truthfully, I’d register it as a five (out of 10),” Lambo told the paper. “Which in the workplace, I don’t care if it’s football or not, the boss can’t strike an employee. And for a second, I couldn’t believe it actually happened. Pardon my vulgarity, I said, ‘Don’t you ever f–king kick me again!’ And his response was, ‘I’m the head ball coach, I’ll kick you whenever the f–k I want.'”
Meyer denied the allegation, saying:
“Josh’s characterization of me and this incident is completely inaccurate, and there are eyewitnesses to refute his account,” Meyer told the paper. “(General manager) Trent (Baalke) and I met with him on multiple occasions to encourage his performance, and this was never brought up. I was fully supportive of Josh during his time with the team and wish him nothing but the best.”
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