In his first statement following his acknowledgement of being placed on paid administrative leave, Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer posted an open-letter on his personal Twitter account regarding his handling of domestic abuse accusations against former assistant coach Zach Smith.
In his statement, Meyer admits that he was aware of the 2015 allegations made by Smith’s now ex-wife, Courtney, and claims that he reported the information through the proper university channels.
Meyer explains that in his statements at Big Ten Media Days, he was not trying to lie or deceive either the press or the public, but rather inarticulately tried to avoid discussing “sensitive personnel issues with the media.” In the statement, Meyer apologizes on multiple occasions for the grief, anger, and confusion that his actions and statements have caused.
The head coach says that he has always taken the responsibility bestowed upon him as a football coach and representative of a university seriously, and that he has always made efforts to live up to his program’s core values, especially when it comes to respecting women.
“Please know that the truth is the ultimate power and I am confident that I took appropriate action,” Meyer said. “I deeply regret if I have failed in my words.”
In closing, Meyer says that while he will not comment further while the university’s working group conducts its inquiry, he has every intention of returning to the field with his team when the investigation is complete.
August 3, 2018