Jaguars owner says Urban Meyer’s viral video behavior is ‘inexcusable’
The Associated Press reports that Jacksonville, Fla., Shad Khan, the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars,
publicly scolded Urban Meyer on Tuesday for his “inexcusable” actions at an Ohio bar the previous weekend.
Meyer’s actions, which were caught on camera and shared on social media, were condemned by Khan,
who issued a statement in response. To illustrate his dancing prowess, one video shows a young woman sitting on a barstool near to Meyer’s lap. In a second, even more, damaging video, Meyer appears to be reaching behind the woman’s back and caressing her private parts.
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“I’ve spoken to Urban about it. Details of our communication are strictly confidential. As far as I’m concerned, his behavior over the weekend was unforgivable,” Khan stated in response. “I’m grateful for Urban’s real apologies. He now has the difficult task of regaining our confidence and respect. For that to happen, Urban will have to make a personal commitment to everyone who helps our team, represents it, or plays on it. I have full faith in his abilities.
Meyer expressed his regrets on Monday to his loved ones, his teammates, and Khan. A team meeting was held and “own it” was pledged, the mantra he lives by and has displayed throughout the Jaguars’ complex.
Meyer described the situation as “dumb.” This is something I shouldn’t have allowed to happen to me in the first place.
In an unprecedented decision for any coach, Meyer chose not to fly his winless team back to Jacksonville after their 24-21 loss to Cincinnati on Thursday night. Instead, he stayed in Ohio to spend time with family and dined at Urban Meyer’s Pint House, his restaurant and bar in Columbus.
A large group was dining next to Meyer’s and they asked him to come over and take pictures, so he obliged. “They were fooling around and attempting to drag me out on the dance floor.”
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As he sits on a barstool, a young blond woman begins to dance between Meyer’s legs. Meyer’s right hand can be seen on or near her bottom in the second photo, which was taken from a different perspective.
For the first time in franchise history, the Jaguars (0-4) have lost 19 straight games, seven fewer than the previous NFL record of Tampa Bay (1977). Meyer is adamant that they’ve improved dramatically since Week 1.
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Urban Meyer claimed he had an excellent relationship with his teammates. This is not the first time I’ve had to deal with it; I’ve had to deal with it with coworkers and others as well. To say I’m worried would be an understatement. But all I have to do is do it correctly.”
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