Former ESPN college football writer Brett McMurphy dropped a bombshell report on Urban Meyer Wednesday morning, which suggests that Meyer lied last week when he told reporters he didn't know of the 2015 domestic violence allegations against former wide receiver coach Zach Smith.
McMurphy released his report, which is extensive, on Facebook. He says he's obtained text messages that prove Meyer lied about his knowledge of the 2015 allegations. He also says that Meyer's wife, Shelley, was in contact with Smith's wife Courtney via text message regarding the situation.
Smith was fired by Ohio State last week after 2009 allegations of domestic violence came to light.
Text messages I have obtained, an exclusive interview with the victim and other information I have learned shows Ohio State coach Urban Meyer knew in 2015 of domestic abuse allegations against a member of his coaching staff.
Courtney Smith, ex-wife of fired Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith, provided text messages between her and the wives of Ohio State coaches – including Urban Meyer’s wife, Shelley – shows Meyer’s knowledge of the situation.
McMurphy contends that other coaches on the staff also knew of the situation.
However, text messages I have obtained sent from Courtney Smith, Meyer’s wife Shelley; and other Ohio State coaches’ wives show Urban Meyer and a number of Ohio State assistant coaches were aware of Smith’s domestic violence issues for several years.
Courtney said Shelley Meyer, Urban’s wife of nearly three decades, knew about the abuse that begin in 2009, continued in 2015 and culminated with Zach Smith being served a domestic violence civil protection order last week.
Courtney said she and Shelly often discussed Zach’s domestic violence.
McMurphy included the text from some of the text messages in question, which show Shelley Meyer responding to Courtney Smith about the allegations.
Shelley: “I am with you! A lot of women stay hoping it will get better. I don’t blame you! But just want u to be safe. Do you have a restraining order? He scares me”
Courtney: “Restraining orders don’t do anything in Ohio-I tried to get protection order which is what started this whole investigation. And that should go through soon finally. It’s hard bc you have to prove immediate danger. Legal system is tough. Basically you have to prove he will kill u to get protective order”
Shelley: “Geesh! Even w the pics? Didn’t law enforcement come to your place ever??”
McMurphy also included photos of Courtney Smith's injuries from the alleged incidents. They're tough to look at.
Here's McMurphy's entire report. It's very long and very detailed. It does not paint a good picture for Meyer moving forward.
We'll keep you updated on the situation.