College football reporter Brett McMurphy revealed that Ohio State University Coach Urban Meyer knew about the 2015 abuse allegations against assistant coach Zach Smith. Now people are calling for Meyer to be fired.
Smith, a former Buckeyes wide receiver, was fired earlier this week from the university after his ex-wife Courtney filed a domestic violence civil protection order.
In an interview with McMurphy, Courtney provided text messages between her and wives of the other college coaches, including Meyer's wife Shelly, in which she discusses the alleged domestic violence. Additionally, Courtney claims that Shelley said she would have to tell Urban about the abuse.
Now just last week Meyer admitted to knowing about Smith's 2009 domestic violence arrest but said he had no idea about any abuse in 2015. If McMurphy's report is true and Meyer did know about the recent abuse, Ohio State may have violated Title IX. The federal civil rights law states that "a college or university that receives federal funds may be held legally responsible when it knows about and ignores sexual harassment or assault in its programs or activities."
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