Dan Dakich: “At some point, one winning season in 14 years as an organization, I mean why would you keep the same people, why wouldn’t you ruffle feathers, why wouldn’t you piss people off? To me, that’s just common sense if you want to win, and pushing seems to be the frickin’ way to do it. They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.”
Urban Meyer: “It’s just how you ‘push’ and that’s where I take responsibility too – how you push. When you come out and say there was a player ‘kicked’, that’s not true. That’s not true at all… But I do take ownership in the fact that how you go about pushing, it’s 2021 or 2022. Own it.”
Dakich: “Own what you did, but don’t own what you didn’t do. You didn’t kick the kicker?”
Meyer: “I certainly did not. I tapped him with my foot, to say I ‘kicked’ someone? C’mon, I’ve done this 37 years, kick a player? Other players came up to me and say ‘we saw the whole thing’ because I’ve mostly forgotten about it.”
Urban Meyer joined Dan Dakich on Clay Travis ‘Outkick the Coverage’ podcast denying a December 2021 report by the Tampa Bay Times that chronicled recollections of events involving Meyer allegedly ‘kicking’ former Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo.
Lambo alleged that Meyer kicked him during warmups before a preseason game this past season, which immediately turned into a viral story on social media that ultimately became the final nail in Meyer’s Jaguars coffin.
Lambo’s version of the events included:
“It certainly wasn’t as hard as he could’ve done it (kicked), but it certainly wasn’t a love tap. Truthfully, I’d register it as a five (out of 10). Which, in the workplace, I don’t care if it’s football or not, the boss can’t strike an employee. And for a second, I couldn’t believe it actually happened. Pardon my vulgarity, I said, ‘Don’t you ever f- king kick me again!’ And his response was, ‘I’m the head ball coach, I’ll kick you whenever the f--k I want.’ "
Meyer was fired just hours later after the story had become headline news, as it appeared the firestorm of bad PR that seemed to constantly follow Meyer around had finally reached its boiling point.
Not everyone was quick to take Lambo’s word as legitimate, however, with Fox Sports Radio hosts and former NFL players, Lavar Arrington and Brady Quinn mocking Lambo as a scorned ex-player who was angry Meyer had released him, and questioning Lambo's story altogether. Fox Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb even went so far to say that he thought Lambo was ‘lying.’
Speaking on the incident for the first time publicly since his firing, Meyer told Dakich on Monday that his foot did touch the leg of Lambo, calling it a ‘tap’, but denied that he actually ‘kicked’ the former Jaguars player.
Check out the segment above.