Urban Meyer Releases Statement On 2015 Domestic Violence Allegations

    Urban Meyer released a statement on Friday about the 2015 domestic violence allegations. Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave on Wednesday.

    August 3, 2018

    Urban Meyer released a statement on Friday afternoon in response to reports this week that he knew about Zach Smith’s alleged domestic violence issues in 2015.

    Meyer was put on paid administrative leave on Wednesday following college football insider Brett McMurphy’s report and Stadium’s interview with Smith’s ex-wife. He will remain on paid administrative leave while Ohio State conducts an investigation into the matter.

    From Meyer’s statement: “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.”

    He also states that he “failed” regarding his response at Big Ten Media Days.

    “I was not adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media, and I apologize for the way I handled those questions,” he said.

    Meyer was questioned about his knowledge of the incident at Big Ten Media Days, to which he responded, “I was never told about anything … so I know nothing about it.”

    “I understand that there are more questions to be answered and I look forward to doing just that with the independent investigators retained by the University and I will cooperate fully with them,” he added in his statement.

    “Please know that the truth is the ultimate power and I am confident that I took appropriate action.”

    Below is Meyer’s statement in its entirety.

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