The incident occurred on Friday night and featured a young woman dancing near Meyer’s lap, along with other pictures taken during the night near Meyer’s restaurant, Urban Meyer’s Pint House.
A common idiom around the Jaguars facilities at TIAA Bank Field, Meyer “owned” his wrong decision, stating that it was a distraction and acknowledging it as such during his Monday morning press conference following the team’s 24-21 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night.
Meyer stated that he apologized to his team and family, stating that “it was stupid,” to be in the situation he was in on Friday night. He would speak to Jaguars owner Shad Khan and general manager Trent Baalke following the incident as well, calling the team’s owner “very supportive.”
“I just apologized to the team and staff for being a distraction, it was stupid,” said Meyer. “So, I explained everything that happened and owned it, you know, just a stupid ... should not have myself in that kind of position.”
Meyer stayed in Ohio to visit his grandkids in Dublin (Ohio) instead of flying back to Jacksonville with the team on Thursday. During the night, Meyer said he and his family were having dinner when a big group next to the restaurant wanted him to come over and take pictures.
“They were trying to pull me out on the dance floor, screwing around, and I should have left,” Meyer said on Monday.
The Jaguars have lost a stunning 19 straight games dating back to last season, one thing the team cannot afford to have is a distraction made by its head coach during a four-game losing streak to begin Meyer’s career. The Jaguars are just seven losses away from tying the longest losing streak in NFL history, 26 games (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1976).
The team, Meyer says, is onto Tennessee as they get set to take on the Titans on Sunday at TIAA Bank Field.
Meyer has long been defensive of his players, warning them not to be distractions, and to be careful with their actions. Meyer would give an example of just that on Monday speaking about Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence’s decision to go to Las Vegas for his Bachelor party earlier this year.
“Because I’ve seen this happen. The team, I spoke to a bunch of leaders one-on-one, spoke to all the players. They’re good, they were focused on Tennessee, and I apologized again for being. A coach should not be a distraction.”