Yesterday, Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer addressed the conduct portrayed in viral videos that featured the team’s head coach and a young woman at a bar near his restaurant in Ohio.
The situation occurred on Friday night, the day after the team’s 24-21 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Today, Jaguars owner Shad Khan released a statement reprimanding Meyer for his actions and stating that the team’s head coach must now regain the franchise’s trust and respect.
“I have addressed this matter with Urban,” Khan said in a statement released this morning.
“Specifics of our conversation will be held in confidence. What I will say is his conduct last weekend was inexcusable. I appreciate Urban’s remorse, which I believe is sincere. Now, he must regain our trust and respect. That will require a personal commitment from Urban to everyone who supports, represents or plays for our team. I am confident he will deliver.”
Khan hired Meyer on Jan. 14 earlier this year following a 1-15 season in 2020. The situation that occurred last weekend is the latest in a long list of indiscretions that Meyer has made since he was hired.
Meyer stated that his actions over the weekend were “stupid,” and a situation he should never have put himself in to begin with.
“I just apologized to the team and staff for being a distraction,” Meyer said yesterday. “It’s stupid, so I explained everything that happened and owned it and just stupid. [I] should not have myself in that kind of position.”
The head coach stayed in Ohio following the team’s loss, something that is unconventional. When asked whether or not the distraction would affect his ability to lead the team, Meyer said simply that he is concerned with that moving forward.
“I am concerned about that,” said Meyer. “I have a very good relationship with our players. I’ve dealt with this on the other side with staff members and with other things and I’ve dealt with it. So, to say I’m concerned? Yeah, I am concerned, but I just have to do right.”
So far, there has not been any action taken against Meyer, however, the situation has brought plenty of attention to the franchise, and enough negative attention that the owner felt obligated to release a statement a day after speaking with the head coach.
As the team moves forward to face off against the Tennessee Titans, it will be a situation worth monitoring.