Meyer said he was worried since he does not want to lose leadership in the team and that implies always setting an example.
JACKSONVILLE, Florida – The coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Urban Meyer said Monday that he apologized to his team, his family and owner Shad Khan due to a viral video. which circulated over the weekend and featured a young woman dancing close to his lap at his restaurant in Columbus, Ohio.
The 57-year-old Meyer apologized at a team meeting Monday and also accepted multiple times that it was stupid to put himself in such a compromising position last Friday, the day after the Jaguars’ 24-21 loss in Cincinnati.
“I apologized to the team and staff for being a distraction,” Meyer said. “Just stupid, so I explained everything that happened and acknowledged it. Just stupid.. I shouldn’t put myself in that kind of position. “
Meyer did not fly back to Jacksonville with the team last Thursday night and instead went to Columbus to visit his grandchildren. Meyer said he and his family members went to his restaurant, Urban Meyer’s Pint House, on Friday night, and people at a nearby event asked to take pictures with him. Meyer said he should have left when people tried to get him to dance with them.
“There was a large group next door [de] our restaurant and they wanted me to come and take pictures, and I did, “Meyer said. “They took me out on the dance floor and I should have left.”
Meyer said her family was understandably upset after the nine-second video showing Meyer sitting at the bar in an Ohio State jersey as the young woman danced near his lap was posted on social media Saturday night and it quickly went viral.
About an hour after Meyer’s press conference on Monday, another video surfaced on social media that appeared to show Meyer touching a woman’s butt while sitting at the bar. The woman appeared to be wearing the same clothing (jeans and a white blouse) as the woman in the first viral video.
Meyer said his players and owner Shad Khan accepted his apology.
“I always try to protect them [los jugadores]”Meyer said.” I remember when Trevor [Lawrence] He told me he was going to Vegas for his bachelor party. I was like, ‘Oh my God, boy, be careful and protect yourself because I’ve seen this happen.’
“I spoke to a group of leaders one by one, I spoke to all the players. They are good. They are focused on Tennessee. I apologized again for being a distraction. A coach shouldn’t be a distraction.”
Meyer is in his first year with the Jaguars after leading Florida and Ohio State to three national titles. The motto he has chosen for rebuilding one of the worst franchises in the league is “Worth it”, and he admitted that he is unsure how this incident will affect his leadership with the team.
“I’m concerned about this. I have a very good relationship with our players,” Meyer said. “I’ve taken care of this with the staff members and other things, and I’ve taken care of this. I’m worried, yes, I’m worried, but I have to do the right thing. “
This is the latest controversy involving Meyer since he was hired in January.
Meyer hired former Iowa coach Chris Doyle, who was accused of making racist comments and belittling and intimidating players while in college in February. Doyle resigned a day after the Fritz Pollard Alliance criticized the organization for the hiring.
Meyer also had Lawrence, the first overall pick, on alternate days with the first-team offense with Gardner Minshew to earn the starting quarterback job. Meyer finally announced Lawrence as the starter on August 25, and the team traded Minshew to the Philadelphia Eagles three days later. Minshew has yet to play a single game this season.
The Jaguars lost the first game of the season to a Houston Texans team that many considered the worst in the NFL. The Jaguars looked unprepared, had several illegal formation penalties and gave their best offensive player, running back James Robinson, just five carries.
The Jaguars are 0-4 and have lost 19 straight games since a win over the Indianapolis Colts at the start of the 2020 season. The Jaguars host Tennessee on Sunday; they have lost seven of the last eight meetings with the Titans. A loss to Tennessee would give the Jaguars the second longest losing streak in NFL history; only Tampa Bay has a longer losing streak (26 consecutive losses between the 1976-77 seasons).