Ohio St's Meyer pushes back on reasons for suspension

Ohio St's Meyer pushes back on reasons for suspension

This isn't the first time Leaf has expressed his displeasure at how Ohio State and Meyer have handled the situation. Meyer used Twitter on Friday to issued a lengthy statement, in which he pushed back against what he believes to be inaccurate accounts of the reasons for his suspension.

Meyer's main point, it seems, was to reiterate that he "was not suspended because I knew about or condoned Zach Smith's alleged domestic abuse".

Meyer's statement mostly highlights findings from the investigative report, one of which states that investigators believe Meyer would have fired Zach Smith had he "come to learn or believe that (Smith) had physically abused his wife".

Meyer said he was not suspended because he condoned former assistant coach Zach Smith's behavior as an alleged spousal abuser.

Zach Smith was sacked July 23, three days after Courtney Smith filed a domestic violence protection order against him and the same day reports of previous allegations of domestic violence from 2009 and 2015 were made public.

Acting coach Ryan Day said last week that he has never witnessed Meyer's memory issues affect his coaching ability.

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"As the report found and President Drake said, I did not lie at Big Ten Media Days", Meyer wrote. And I found a way to deal with the consequences and be better.

Investigators say Meyer knew about several allegations against the coach before the coach was sacked. But his answer swept more broadly than the falsely reported arrest and Coach Meyer falsely stated he lacked knowledge of all relevant events regarding alleged domestic violence by Zach Smith in 2015.

Meyer also stated in his remarks Friday that he did not lie July 24 at Big Ten media days when asked about the history of domestic violence allegations filed against Smith by his ex-wife Courtney Smith.

Gene Smith is also suspended without pay from Friday through September 16. He clearly misspoke and made misstatements, but the reasons that happened are complex.

Third, my fault was in not taking action sooner against a troubled employee about his work-related issues.

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