OSU Fans Rally For Meyer - Reminiscent of Past Rallies For Others Wronged

OSU Fans Rally For Meyer - Reminiscent of Past Rallies For Others Wronged

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OSU Fans Rally For Meyer - Reminiscent of Past Rallies For Others Wronged

More than 100 Buckeyes showed up at Ohio Stadium tonight in an effort to keep Meyer from being “wrongfully fired” while THE Ohio State University conducts its investigation surrounding the controversial handling of alleged domestic abuser and former Buckeyes assistant coach, Zach Smith.

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On Sunday, The Ohio State University announced that it will work to complete its investigation into the way former Buckeyes’ assistant coach Zach Smith’s alleged domestic abuse was handled by head coach Urban Meyer within fourteen days.

https://news.osu.edu/working-group-on-meyer-investigation-engages-investigative-firm/

Today, Buckeye fans worked to get ahead of the curve by staging a rally in support of the embattled head coach at Ohio Stadium.

http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/24305839/more-100-fans-rally-support-suspended-ohio-state-buckeyes-coach-urban-meyer

Naturally, much of the protest featured hatred aimed at who the Buckeyes see as the true perpetrators of the controversy – ESPN.

ESPN has reported on facts related to domestic abuse allegations against Zach Smith during his two stints as an employee working for Urban Meyer at the University of Florida and Ohio State.

Incidents of domestic abuse in 2009 while Smith worked for Meyer while Meyer was head coach at Florida and in 2015 during Meyer’s time as head coach at Ohio State are at issue.

At Big Ten Media Days, Urban Meyer claimed to not know anything about either of the allegations – one of which resulted in charges being pressed (they were eventually dropped by Smith’s ex-wife subsequent to Meyer’s longtime “confidant,” Hiram DeFries, urging Smith’s ex-wife to drop the charges since Smith had been drinking, hadn’t hit her before, and probably wouldn’t hit her again) when asked by reporters about the allegations and Meyer’s firing of Smith.

On Friday, Urban Meyer issued in a statement in which he said that he failed to answer questions accurately and appropriately regarding his knowledge of the 2015 allegations of domestic abuse against his former assistant coach, Zach Smith.

 

Urban Meyer said that he was caught off guard and wasn’t properly prepared to answer the questions regarding his former coach’s domestic abuse allegations.

Understandable.

Understandable in the way Roger Clemens doesn’t understand why so many people think he might have taken a steroid pill or two.

(He thought it was the ball.  So, naturally, he threw it at the batter who was running to first base.  It made sense.)

And so, the Buckeye Nation is circling its wagons and working to let it be known that they want to show support and keep Meyer from being “wrongfully fired.”

The Buckeye Nation also wants to alert the reporters at ESPN that they are to be hated for having reported on the story that has caused the uproar.

This effort on the part of these loyal Buckeyes is not dissimilar to efforts staged by loyalists of others of our time who, in the past, have faced somewhat comparable challenges, have been harassed by the media, and have had their reputations sullied unjustly.

The SpartansWire research team has canvassed the history pages of recent generations in order to share with our readers the stories of individuals who have been fortunate enough to receive the type of support that Urban Meyer is receiving from those who know the real story now.

DAVID MISCAVIGE , Scientology’s Chairman of the Board of the Religious Technology Center for the Church of Scientology

Since Miscavige assumed the leadership position within the Church of Scientology, there have been a number of allegations made against him and reported on across many media platforms.

The allegations have included, but have not been limited to, forced separation of family members, coercive fundraising practices, harassment of church critics and journalists, as well as humiliation of church staff members including physical assault.

Misacvige’s loyal supporters have staged peaceful rallies on numerous occasions in their attempts to show the accusers and the agenda-driven media that Miscavige is a just and righteous man who has not and would not lie or cheat or abuse people.

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NAT HOLMAN, Head Coach of the 1951 CCNY Men’s Basketball Team

CCNY had won the 1950 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament as well as the 1950 National Invitation Tournament.

However, there were allegations of a point shaving rouse involving the CCNY Beavers and at least six other schools including three others in the NYC area: NYY, Long Island University, and Manhattan College.

The media attacked.

The scandal wound up spreading to 33 players and involved the underbelly of the world of organized crime.

As a result of the scandal, Bill Spivey’s Most Outstanding Player of the Year Award was vacated after it became understood that he was a participant in the point shaving affair.

CCNY was eventually banned from playing in Madison Square Garden.

CCNY’s head coach, Nat Holman, was cleared of any wrongdoing and many credit the several loyal CCNY fans for their peaceful rally that was designed to illustrate that Holman was an honest and accountable man who merely wanted to teach kids the game of basketball and help them find a path to a richer life, so to speak.

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HENRY ROBBINS HALDEMAN (a.ka. “H.R.”; a.k.a. “Bob”), White House Chief of Staff for President Richard M. Nixon

Haldeman was a very successful – and righteous – senior executive for the J. Walter Thompson Advertising Agency before making the natural transition to White House Chief of Staff for the 37th president of the United States in January of 1969.

Haldeman eventually became wrapped up in a convoluted (some would later say “nefarious”) series of events stemming from a break-in of the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. in June of 1972.

Many claimed that Haldeman played an influential role in the planning of the break-in and in what some believed was an attempt to hide the planning of the break-in from the authorities.

Haldeman and other members of the Nixon Administration became embroiled in a fairly long investigation into the break-in and the various elements of intrigue that were born out of the break-in.

Naturally, the media attacked.

Haldeman had many supporters, however, and tens of those supporters staged a peaceful yet spirited rally in the parking lot of an A&P grocery store in the Bethesda, MD area in August of 1972.

After Haldemean left the Nixon Administration in April of 1973, he was tried on counts of perjury, conspiracy, and obstruction of justice for his role in the Watergate series of events.

He was found guilty and imprisoned for 18 months.

Once Haldeman was released from prison, he returned to a successful life as a businessman and real estate developer right up until his death from cancer at the age of 67.

(**President Richard M. Nixon resigned from the presidency on August 9th, 1974 following a lot of negative media coverage of the aforementioned break-in – some of the coverage was just, some of it was referred to by many, including H.R. Haldeman, as a “witch hunt.”)

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BARRY MINKOW, American entrepreneur and Founder of ZZZZ Best

Minkow was a clever, smart, and altruistic-minded entrepreneur who founded a company called ZZZZ Best as a high school student living in the Reseda area of Inglewood, California in 1981.

ZZZZ Best had the veneer of a carpet restoration and cleaning company – however, the reality was that the company became a front that allowed Minkow to attract investors to an eventual Ponzi scheme that collapsed in 1987, cost investors $100 million, and gave Minkow the distinction of perpetrating one of the most substantial investment and accounting frauds in American history.

Minkow and ten other ZZZZ Best insiders were indicted by a Los Angeles federal grand jury in January of 1988 on 54 counts of racketeering, securities fraud, money laundering, embezzlement, mail fraud, tax evasion, and bank fraud.

However, in a show of solidarity for the old neighborhood and a demonstration of support for the God-fearing man they knew during the good old days, several middle-aged men held a peaceful rally at the VIP entrance to The Forum in Inglewood, California in 1988 as the indictment hearings drew to a close in an attempt to show the world that Minkow had good intentions.

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KEN LAY, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Enron Corporation

After founding and building the energy, commodities, and services company in Houston to a value of $63 billion, it was discovered that Lay led the company down something other than a primrose path.

Lay led the orchestration of misleading and illegal practices to hide, embezzle, and mislead funds from its auditor Arthur Anderson.

Upon discovery of the ongoing fraudulence, the Enron scandal became the largest bankruptcy scandal in the world, and destroyed the Arthur Anderson accounting firm (which was, at the time, the fifth largest such company in the world).

Lay was indicted by a grand jury and was found guilty of ten counts of securities fraud.

However, while the investigation into what were allegations at the time progressed, several Enron employees and a number of shareholders gathered in an Enron board room to hold a peaceful rally to show Lay that they were behind him in spirit.

The Ohio State fans that held today’s peaceful rally to show support for Urban Meyer and rail against the enemy of their head coach, the media, should be commended for their conviction.

It’s likely that the group of supporters will have more opportunities to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the way this entire situation is handled by all involved.

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