Wife of controversial Jaguars coach Urban Meyer DEFENDS him after viral videos show him groping woman
The wife of Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer defends him after he was caught groping the back of a young woman in a couple of viral videos.
“We all make mistakes – we are all sinners,” Shelley Meyers – his wife of 37 – tweeted Thursday. ‘If you think not? Then cast the first stone.’
Shelley’s decision to defend her husband follows his own statements on Wednesday, when he labeled the incident a “speed bump” in their marriage.
“I don’t want to get into our personal lives, but we’ve been together for 37 years and it was great, man,” Meyer told reporters. “And this speed bump won’t get in the way of that.”
The first viral video shows a young woman dancing between Meyer’s legs as he sat on a stool at a bar he owns in Columbus, Ohio. The second, taken from a different angle, shows Meyer’s right hand on or near her buttocks.
Urban Meyer and Shelley Mather Meyer arrive at the Fanatics Super Bowl Party at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta on January 5, 2019.
The wife of Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer defends him after he was caught groping the back of a young woman in a couple of viral videos. “We all make mistakes – we are all sinners,” tweeted Shelley, Meyer’s wife for 37 years. ‘If you think not? Then throw the first stone’
A video of a blonde woman dancing in close proximity to Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer has gone viral on Twitter
Shelley also said she would stop tweeting because of the abuse she has received since the videos went viral.
“This will be my last message on Twitter,” she wrote. ‘Frankly, I don’t need the hatred, the vitriol, the slander, the garbage that will meet me (this has never stopped anyway).
‘To my amazing followers/friends: THANK YOU. For your love, support, friendship, laughter – I will miss this the most. I love you ALL and wish you God’s blessings. Thank you.
PS I will delete immediately if I post this so I don’t see any comments. Lots of love!’
Meyer apologized to his players at a team meeting earlier this week for embarrassing them and his Shelley. Aditi Kinkhabwala from the NFL Network first reported that Meyer specifically admitted that he had “embarrassed her.”
Meyer, a legendary former college coach who is only four games into his NFL career, has emphasized that he has not considered resigning.
As Meyer explained to reporters this week, he previously informed the team that he would be skipping Thursday’s flight home after the Jaguars’ game in Cincinnati, which they lost to the Bengals.
Rather than return to Jacksonville, Meyer planned to visit his grandchildren in Columbus, where he previously coached the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Friday night, Meyer was spotted at a bar he owns, Urban Meyer’s Pint House, where he was featured in the two viral videos.
Shelley made it clear that she was aware of the incident, tweeting ‘meanwhile I’m babysitting’ and posting pictures of her grandchildren taking a bath.
“I’m wondering, do fans recognize how incredibly unusual it was for Urban Meyer not to fly home with the team last week?” tweeted Stephen Holder of The Athletic. “Like, in 16 years on the NFL beat, I can’t recall a comparable situation.”
Wife Shelley Meyer shared photos of herself playing with her two grandchildren, writing: “Meanwhile, I’m babysitting #MyChoice #MimiRules #BuddyDeservedAightOut.”
Meyer claimed on Wednesday that he discussed missing the team flight “far in advance” with general manager Trent Baalke.
The Jaguars (0-4) have lost 19 consecutive games, seven of which match Tampa Bay’s 1977 NFL record. Meyer insists they have shown dramatic improvements since week 1.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan has publicly reprimanded Meyer for the coach’s ‘unforgivable’ behaviour.
“I have discussed this matter with Urban. Details of our conversation will be treated confidentially. What I’m saying is that his behavior last weekend was unforgivable,” Khan said.
“I appreciate Urban’s repentance, which I believe is genuine. Now he must regain our trust and respect. That requires a personal commitment from Urban for everyone who supports, represents or plays our team. I am convinced that he will perform.’
Meyer responded to Khan’s statement during a radio interview on Tuesday evening.
“When I got here, I made a comment about the logo, about an owner who wants to win in the worst way,” Meyer said. “That’s one of the reasons I came here. I just admire that man so much. … And so, that makes me so mad at myself that I lived that, I believe and I failed.’
Jaguars owner Shad Khan has publicly reprimanded Meyer for the coach’s ‘unforgivable’ behaviour. Khan released a statement on Tuesday condemning Meyer’s actions, which were captured on video and released on social media.
Controversy is nothing new for Meyer, who was accused of protecting former Ohio State and University of Florida assistant coach Zach Smith as he faced allegations of domestic violence.
The Buckeyes suspended Meyer from three games shortly before the 2018 season for assaulting Smith’s misconduct, including allegations of domestic violence, a drug problem and poor job performance.
An investigation revealed “a pattern of troubling Zach Smith behavior: promiscuous and embarrassing sexual behavior, substance abuse, truancy, dishonesty, financial irresponsibility, a possible NCAA violation and a lengthy police investigation into criminal domestic violence and cybercrime allegations.” according to summary research results released by the university.
Meyer fired Smith in Ohio in 2018 when the assistant was charged with a felony after a dispute with his ex-wife Courtney.
Zach Smith pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in October 2018 in connection with his arrest in July of that year. He also signed a consent agreement and a civil defense order against domestic violence that saw him out of contact with Courtney for three years.
The arrest led to the revelation that Smith was previously accused of beating her when he worked as an assistant under Meyer at the University of Florida in 2009, when Courtney was pregnant, and again in 2015, when the couple was near Columbus. , Ohio lived. Courtney later told Stadium.com’s Brett McMurphy that she thought Meyer was aware of the attacks.
Zach Smith pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in October 2018 in connection with his arrest in July of that year. He also signed a consent agreement and a civil defense injunction against domestic violence that saw him out of contact with Courtney for three years.
Smith violated that protection order in 2019 and was sentenced to 180 days in prison in February 2020.
Courtney claimed her then-husband pushed her against a wall and put his hands around her neck in 2015, one of several alleged domestic incidents involving the couple that came to light after he was fired.
Meyer eventually kept his job but retired after the season in what was his second retirement from coaching.
The Ohio native has been one of the biggest names in college football for the past two decades, winning a couple of Florida national titles and a third at OSU.
Courtney Smith claimed her then-husband Zack pushed her against a wall and put his hands around her neck in 2015, one of several alleged domestic incidents involving the couple that came to light after he was fired.