Urban Meyer - Phase II Has Begun And Everyone Will Get Key Parts Wrong

Urban Meyer - Phase II Has Begun And Everyone Will Get Key Parts Wrong

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Urban Meyer - Phase II Has Begun And Everyone Will Get Key Parts Wrong

Urban Meyer has not been fired – he’s been placed on “paid administrative leave.”  And in the immediate wake of the controversy, the first corporate shoe has not fallen – it’s been suspended.  And people will fail to recognize some of the most important parts of this phase of the mess.

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The next phase of the Urban Meyer controversy has begun.

Ohio State has closed its ranks by shutting the team and coaching staff off from the media while the investigation into what Urban Meyer knew and when he knew it regarding the allegations of domestic abuse involving one of Meyer’s assistants, Zach Smith (the grandson of former Ohio State head coach Earle Bruce), and Smith’s ex-wife, Courtney, is conducted.

Urban Meyer has issued a statement in which he says that he failed to answer questions properly at Big Ten Media Days when he denied having any knowledge of any allegations of domestic abuse in 2015.

In Meyer’s statement, he does not address this comment of his at Big Ten Media Days: “I don’t know who makes up a story like that.”

Here is Urban Meyer’s statement, in full, from his Twitter feed –

And, Bob Evans Farms has issued its own statement, announcing that it is suspending its corporate sponsorship with Urban Meyer.

Here is that announcement –

What will people fail to recognize in this statement?

The word “suspending.”

People are screaming and yelling already.

I can hear the moon howlers and the pitchfork wielders right now.

This is all so unfair, everyone is rushing to judgment, people’s lives are being ruined and the facts haven’t been gathered, etc.

And those same people are going to now stage protests outside of every Bob Evans restaurant from Columbus to Cheyenne for “ending” its partnership with Urban Meyer without knowing all of the facts.

Except, the moon howlers and the pitchfork wielders will all continue to look right past the most important word in the Bob Evans Farms statement – “suspending.”

And, by the way, Ohio State hasn’t fired Urban Meyer.

The university has done something that is actually responsible and representative of a university demonstrating accountability and integrity – they’ve put the head coach on “paid administrative leave” while they figure everything out.

Important thing for the moon howlers and pitchfork wielders to stop and consider – Urban Meyer continues to be paid and he’s being given the opportunity to discuss the entire, sad, and sordid situation before any formal decision is made.

Based on compelling evidence that many different people have exhibited, at the very least, behavior that has reflected poorly on Ohio State University, poor communication internally and externally that has led to a gigantic mess, lying (Urban Meyer at Big Ten Media Days about not knowing anything about any of this – and his “I don’t know who would make up a story like that” comment), and repeated allegations of domestic violence involving a man that Urban Meyer had employed for many years while knowing of the domestic abuse allegations, “paid administrative leave” seems like a reasonable approach for the state of Ohio’s largest public institution.

As for the corporate partner that has suspended its partnership with Urban Meyer – the one that the moon howlers and pitchfork wielders will want to bring down now – how about this perspective –

If the Acme Toy Store Company is paying me money to be their corporate spokesperson and someone on my staff (I have a very large and talented staff of people including my own “confidant”) is accused of being a repeated domestic abuser and I’ve, perhaps, known that the staffer of mine is a repeated domestic abuser and I’ve done nothing about it and, instead, have actually sent my “confidant” to the repeated domestic abuser’s ex-wife and had my “confidant” tell that ex-wife that she shouldn’t press charges and that the repeated domestic abuser was drinking and probably won’t ever hit her again and that same scenario happens all over again and my wife knows about the entire thing (although she never tells me) and I deny to the world that I ever knew anything about any of it, I’d understand it if the people at Acme Toy Store Company wanted to SUSPEND our partnership in order to wait and see how everything plays out.

Of course, I’m sure that everything will wind up being just a big misunderstanding and everything will get back to normal for everyone soon.

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