Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer continued his apologies Wednesday, this time addressing his team about his behavior in Ohio last week.
NFL Network called Meyer “honest and fairly straightforward” as he spoke to the players, adding that he “expressed remorse and asked for forgiveness.”
Meyer has come under fire since a video was released on Saturday showing him in a bar he owns in Columbus with a young woman dancing near him. A second video appeared on Monday, taken from another angle, which appeared to show Meyer touching the woman’s buttocks.
He told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday that although owner Shad Khan expressed his disappointment, Meyer was not fined. The struggling first-year coach also said he had not considered stepping down.
Meyer and his wife Shelley have been married since 1986 and have three children. The woman in the video has not been identified but was not Shelley Meyer.
The NFL Network report said Meyer told the team that he “really cares about two things. Football and family, and he’s embarrassed them both.”
Meyer, 57, discussed the fallout Tuesday night on his radio show on station 1010XL in Jacksonville.
“I made a comment when I got here about the logo, about an owner who wants to win in the worst possible way,” Meyer said. “That’s one of the reasons I came here. It’s just that I admire this guy so much.… And so, that’s what makes me so mad at myself that I have experienced this, I believe it and I failed. “
He said the conversations he was forced to have this week with members of the organizations had been “horrible”.
“The fact that I have become a distraction, I have to regain their confidence through it,” Meyer said.
Khan said on Tuesday Meyer had to do just that.
“I raised this issue with Urban,” Khan wrote in a statement. “… His conduct last weekend was inexcusable. I appreciate Urban’s remorse, which I believe is sincere. Now he must regain our trust and respect. This will require a personal commitment from Urban to all of us. who support, represent or play for our team, I have no doubts that he will deliver.
Meyer is in his first year with the Jaguars after leading Florida and Ohio State to three national titles.
The Jaguars are 0-4 and have lost 19 straight games since beating the Indianapolis Colts in the opening of the 2020 season. Jacksonville lost a 14-point halftime lead last Thursday and lost a hard blow 24-21 to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Meyer has also been criticized for not accompanying his young team to Florida and instead staying in Ohio to visit his grandchildren.
He told reporters on Wednesday that he had obtained permission from general manager Trent Baalke to remain in Ohio.
–Field level media