Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer released a statement of apology Friday evening, two days after his three-game suspension.
Meyer’s apology said he takes relationship violence seriously, and said it’s been “a real learning experience.”
Ohio State announced Wednesday that Meyer will be suspended for the first three games of the season after an independent investigation found he “did not exhibit the kind of leadership and high standards” the university expects.
Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave after a report surfaced that he knew about allegations against then-assistant coach Zach Smith and abuse against Smith’s wife, Courtney.
Following is Urban’s statement in full:
“My words and demeanor on Wednesday did not show how seriously I take relationship violence. I sincerely apologize. I was taught at a very young age that if I ever hit a woman, I would be kicked out of the house and never welcomed back. I have the same rule in my house and in the Football Program at Ohio State. Over the years, we have worked hard to educate and remind our coaches and players of the seriousness of relationship violence. I understand my lack of more action in this situation has raised concerns about this commitment. I once again apologize for this, and I extend my empathy to all women, men and families who are affected by relationship violence. This has been a real learning experience for me. I fully intend to use my voice more effectively to be a part of the solution.
Let me say here and now what I should have said on Wednesday: I sincerely apologize to Courtney Smith and her children for what they have gone through.”
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