Ohio State President Releases New Statement On Urban Meyer

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Ohio State University has released a strong statement in response to the latest story from Brett McMurphy, which alleged that Urban Meyer “covered up” a “racially-charged” incident between Zach Smith and a former Buckeyes’ player.The school strongly stands by Urban Meyer, disputing the story.“We stand by Urban Meyer and strongly refute the reported allegations,” Ohio State President Michael V. Drake tweeted.We stand by @OSUCoachMeyer and strongly refute the reported allegations. https://t.co/zra6D7u66s pic.twitter.com/yHqd18AsKH— Michael V. Drake (@OSUPrezDrake) November 13, 2018Here’s the full statement:The Ohio State University unequivocally and vehemently disputes the unfounded allegations by Brett McMurphy. Any allegations of racism are outrageous and false. The university told McMurphy that we have found no evidence to support these allegations. Reporting in this manner is irresponsible, inflammatory and a severe invasion of privacy of a student athlete and his family as well as a baseless personal attack on Coach Meyer. It is regrettable that McMurphy and his employer would use such poor judgment in running this inaccurate story.Several Ohio State players have taken to Twitter to deny the story, too. Multiple Buckeyes’ players who were at the practice claim the incident did not take place.“Trevon Grimes was my best friend back then… and is still my best friend to this day. This report about “racially-charged practice altercation” is 100% false. Not a single player or staff member would have allowed this to happen,” quarterback Tate Martell tweeted.Trevon Grimes was my best friend back then… and is still my best friend to this day. This report about “racially-charged practice altercation” is 100% false. Not a single player or staff member would have allowed this to happen. https://t.co/6wLZN8ASWX— TATE MARTELL (@TheTateMartell) November 13, 2018“There’s no way that anyone would believe this. NO WAY. This lie is just out of hand. I was present during the entire altercation and what’s said in this article NEVER HAPPENED. I can guarantee it. Crazy how social media gives people platforms just to spread nonsense,” Parris Campbell tweeted.There’s no way that anyone would believe this. NO WAY. This lie is just out of hand. I was present during the entire altercation and what’s said in this article NEVER HAPPENED. I can guarantee it. Crazy how social media gives people platforms just to spread nonsense. https://t.co/FRBLucb9WY— Parris Campbell (@PCampbell21) November 13, 2018McMurphy has yet to respond to the latest disputes against his story.last_img read more