Buckeyes Fans Rally for Embattled Urban Meyer at Ohio Stadium

Buckeyes Fans Rally for Embattled Urban Meyer at Ohio Stadium

Julia Leveridge, the attorney for Courtney Smith, said Tuesday in a statement that her client is "a victim of domestic violence" and emphasized that "blaming the victim" is "unacceptable".

The 2015 allegation happened while Zach Smith was at Ohio State and he told multiple media outlets last week that he was on the road recruiting and was told by Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith to come back to Columbus after the accusation was made to police.

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In the wake of an Ohio State investigation into Urban Meyers possible knowledge of domestic abuse allegations against a former assistant, during which the decorated coach has been placed on paid administrative leave, a number of Buckeyes fans are showing support for the coach.

Leveridge also said that Smith "received absolutely no compensation" for granting interviews to reporters.

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"Ohio State is committed to a thorough and complete investigation". "We believe the University must prioritize the safety and well-being of others above all else". In a statement released Friday via Twitter, Meyer admitted that he knew about the 2015 incidents and insisted he followed proper protocol.

Courtney Smith's attorney said in a statement that Smith will cooperate with the university's investigation.

What Meyer knew and when he knew it became a question after college football writer Brett McMurphy reported that Courtney Smith had told Meyer's wife Shelley about the 2015 incidents and shared pictures of injuries through text messages that she shared with McMurphy.

Courtney Smith has not been paid for any media interviews she has conducted, Leveridge said, and she has made "concerted efforts to press charges of domestic abuse" against her ex-husband.

Ohio State fan Jeff Hamms, who organized the event on his Facebook page, took center stage at the rally, leading the roughly 200 fans in "Urban Meyer" chants while others stood by with their pro-Meyer and anti-ESPN signs, including one that mocked the Me Too movement.

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