In it, he says he has "always followed proper reporting protocols and procedures" when he has "learned of an incident involving a student-athlete, coach or a member of our staff by elevating the issues to the proper channels"-and that he did so when allegations against Zach Smith surfaced in 2015".
Question: If Meyer's superiors knew about this, then why was Meyer put on administrative leave and not Ohio State athletics director Gene Smith? In October and November of 2015, the Powell Police Department investigated Zach Smith for potential domestic violence and stalking incidents, but no charges were filed in either 2009 or '15. So his remarks are at least worthy of some skepticism.
Information from ESPN's Dan Murphy was used in this report. Eastern edition of SportsCenter. Courtney Smith said she was not sure if Urban Meyer knew about the allegations. I do feel it necessary to share the truth with the Buckeye family.
Please know that the truth is the ultimate power and I am confident that I took appropriate action.
When asked during his media session about his knowledge of any allegations against Smith in 2015, Meyer said, "I was never told about anything". "I said 'that's fine".
"I believe it's a private matter between two people in a marriage, unless something happened that's illegal", he said. What is this? What is this?' And I told him, I laid it all out for him.
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Ohio State was expected to conduct its first football practice without Meyer on Friday. "I never beat her. Nothing". "So I called the police". Like I said, it was a toxic relationship. Our core values are just that-values that do not ever waver.
"There was never domestic abuse", Smith said. If someone's being aggressive with you and you're trying to defend your actions with that person and you try to grab their arm to stop the aggression and get them out of the way for you to get through a doorway and get out of the situation, it's very possible. You should tell Urban.
"I know nothing; never had a conversation about that; who would create a story like that & If I (knew) I would have made a change". I didn't. I don't know what's going on, but I'm going to go down and meet with the investigator and find out what the deal is. And anybody who has ever seen a can of tobacco, those metal cans are sharp. "I pushed her buttons a lot".
"He picked me up by the neck and threw me down on the ground in our bathroom, and screamed at me, 'Look what you turned me into, '" she said in that interview. At the appropriate time, I will also address the questions and speculation in a public forum. "I don't know what anybody else could have done". In time, we may know what happened, as there is a long line of domestic abuse allegations made by Courtney dating back to when her ex-husband was an intern at Florida. He claims that was either to get away from her or in self-defense. In the letter, Meyer apologized for not being "clear, compassionate and most of all completely accurate" in responses to questions about the issue that reporters asked during Big Ten Media Days last month.
ESPN has reached out to Courtney Smith's attorney regarding the texts.