Meyer ‘failed in his words’ about abuse claims


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says he misspoke at Big Ten media days last week when asked about his knowledge of 2015 domestic abuse allegations against a fired assistant.

In a statement released on his Twitter account Friday, Meyer says he followed proper reporting protocols regarding the allegations that assistant coach Zach Smith had abused his wife. But he said he “failed in his words” when he told reporters he hadn’t been aware of the accusations.

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He added he found himself “not adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media.”

Ohio State put Meyer in paid leave and launched an investigation after reports this week that Smith’s ex-wife, Courtney, had shared details of alleged 2015 abuse with Meyer’s wife Shelley.