Urban Meyer responds to wife question after viral bar video, dancing woman
NFL coach Urban Meyer has responded to a question about his wife after being caught on camera partying with another woman in a bar.
NFL coach Urban Meyer has apologised again for being caught up in controversy but insists he is not going to resign.
A viral video emerged during the week showing the Jacksonville Jaguars mentor dancing with a woman in a bar following his winless team’s defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals in their last start.
Meyer, who is married, also posed in photos with other women during the night.
He apologised to his players and was reprimanded by team owner Shad Khan, who issued a statement calling the coach’s behaviour “inexcusable”.
Asked on Thursday (AEDT) about the impact of the scandal on his relationship with wife Shelley, Meyer issued a defiant response.
“I don’t want to get into our personal life,” Meyer said. “Thirty-seven years we’ve been together and it’s been awesome, and this speed bump is not going to get in the way of that.”
Speaking about the matter again on his radio show on Wednesday, Meyer said conversations with his team have been “horrible”.
“The locker room has been my entire life,” Meyer said. “How we build it, how we treat it, how we earn their trust.
“It’s my responsibility to earn their trust back as their leader.”
Meyer also told reporters the message from Khan about his conduct is “loud and clear”.
Although Meyer apologised to his team earlier this week, according to the NFL Network’s Michael Silver, players did not take the apology particularly well.
In a series of tweets, Silver reported the relationship between Meyer and his players was on shaky ground as a result of the incident, which took place after the coach didn’t return home on the same flight as the team.
“The Urban Meyer situation in Jacksonville has reached a crisis point, especially in the locker room,” Silver wrote. “One player told me, ‘He has zero credibility in that stadium. He had very little to begin with’.
“Players were particularly put off by the fact that Meyer cancelled Monday’s team meeting, as he dealt with the uproar over the videos of him and a young woman getting cozy in that Ohio bar. ‘He even cancelled the team meeting. He was too scared’, a player said.
“Instead Meyer ‘only apologised to position groups individually’. He portrayed the woman in the videos as a random person who was ‘just there dancing’. Suffice it to say, his audience was highly sceptical.
“Said one player: ‘We looked at him like, WTF? Right when he left everyone started dying laughing. And he knew it’.
“Bottom line, said the player: ‘It’s bad. I don’t know how he’s gonna function’.”
Meyer joined the Jaguars this year after a successful and controversial career in American college football, which saw him win three national championships in 2006, 2008 and 2014.
However he has struggled to make an impact so far in Jacksonville, with the team going 0-4 to start the season.
Former NFL star Pat McAfee said Meyer needs to be completely honest with his players because there’s no way he can hide the truth from them, given what photos and videos exist of his night out.
“This is the difference between college and pros. This is the men’s league. He’s staring men in the eyes as he walks into that team meeting,” McAfee said on his popular podcast
“The guys have seen the videos, OK, the guys know everything. In the NFL, guys know everything.
“It’s much harder to potentially lie to an NFL locker room than maybe a college locker room that’s maybe a little bit younger, and also their entire futures are controlled by the person that’s talking.”
With the New York Post