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Urban Meyer must ‘regain trust and respect’

Shad Khan: “His conduct last weekend was inexcusable. I appreciate Urban’s remorse, which I believe is sincere… Now, he must regain our trust and respect”; Meyer has found himself in the news after a weekend incident in which a video of him and a young woman went viral on social media

Last Updated: 05/10/21 6:04pm

    Urban Meyer is off to an 0-4 start with the Jacksonville Jaguars in his debut season as a head coach in the NFL

    Urban Meyer is off to an 0-4 start with the Jacksonville Jaguars in his debut season as a head coach in the NFL

    Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan released a statement on Tuesday saying head coach Urban Meyer needs to “regain our trust and respect” after a weekend incident between the married head coach and a young woman was caught on video.

    Khan’s statement comes a day after Meyer apologised to the team, fans and his family for the incident, which was recorded at a bar in Columbus, Ohio. The video went viral on social media.

    “I have addressed this matter with Urban,” Khan wrote. “His conduct last weekend was inexcusable. I appreciate Urban’s remorse, which I believe is sincere.

    “Now, he must regain our trust and respect. That will require a personal commitment from Urban to everyone who supports, represents or plays for our team. I am confident he will deliver.”

    The video showed Meyer sitting on a barstool with his hands on the woman who was dancing on him. Meyer then apologised on Monday for “being a distraction”.

    “I just apologised to the team and the staff for being a distraction,” he said. “Just stupid. So I explained everything that happened and owned it. I should not have myself in that kind of position.

    “I stayed to see the grandkids, and we all went to dinner that night at the restaurant. There was a big group next to our restaurant and they wanted me to come over and take pictures, and I did. They were trying to pull me out on the dance floor, screwing around and I should have left.

    “Of course I did [apologise to my family]. That’s not me. They were upset.”

    After his apology, another video of the incident was released and went viral too. The 57-year-old and his wife, Shelley, have three children and two grandchildren.

    Meyer is a three-time National Championship winner coaching at the college level, but he is off to an 0-4 start in his debut season in the NFL. The Jaguars will host the Tennessee Titans (2-2) on Sunday.