Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has been under private investigation, presumably to discover the exact extent of his knowledge of the fact that one of Meyer’s (now former) assistant coaches, Zach Smith, had been physically abusing his wife Courtney.
Smith was fired after a laid-off ESPN writer broke the story with a Facebook-post-article. Meyer had claimed from the beginning that he knew nothing of his assistant coach’s abusive relationship, which would thus absolve Meyer of doing anything about it — such as firing Smith for his actions.
The investigation concluded with Meyer and the school’s Athletic Director being suspended for the first three games of the upcoming college football season.
At the press conference announcing the suspensions, Meyer was asked if he had anything to say to the victim in all of this, the abused woman whose request for a protective order started the entire situation, Courtney Smith.
Meyer: “Well, I have a message for everyone involved in this. I’m sorry we’re in this situation. And, um … I’m just sorry we’re in this situation.”
Power and money wins, again.
For Your Game
- The only reason Zach Smith lost his job, that Meyer is out for three games, and the AD is suspended, is because of how they handled this situation of a woman being physically abused by her husband over a period of several years. That’s where all of this began. And, for the entirety of the press conference announcing suspensions and the people involved speaking to the media, Courtney’s name was never mentioned. As Deadspin intimated, Courtney isn’t even the star of her own story. Whether you believe or empathize with her or not, I think it’s an accepted truth that Zach beat his wife. And she’s the only reason any of this is happening.
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