The Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer is defending the hiring of a controversial coach who’s been accused of racism and bullying by former gamers.
The NFL crew introduced Thursday (February 11) that they employed former University of Iowa energy coach Chris Doyle to be their director of sports activities efficiency.
Doyle, who was on the Hawkeye’s workers from 1999-2019, was positioned on administrative go away by the varsity in June after a number of former gamers accused him of racism. Shortly afterward, the varsity and Doyle agreed to half methods.
Meyer, who was beforehand the pinnacle coach at fellow Big Ten faculty Ohio State, is defending the brand new rent, claiming he is aware of Doyle properly and closely vetted his choice.
“I feel great about the hire, about his expertise at that position,” Meyer mentioned throughout his media availability on Thursday, according to CNN. “I vet everyone on our staff, and like I said, the relationship goes back close to 20 years and a lot of hard questions asked, a lot of vetting involved with all our staff. We did a very good job vetting that one.”
He added: “I know the person for close to 20 years, and I can assure them there will be nothing of any sort in the Jaguar facility.”
Meyer mentioned he would not imagine that the racism accusations will stop Jacksonville from attracting free brokers.
Shortly after being positioned on administrative go away at Iowa, Doyle posted a since-deleted assertion on Twitter saying the accusations about his habits are “not true.”
Sports and tradition commentator Jemele Hill known as out the rent by questioning Meyer’s personal credibility, posting on Twitter: “Would love to know what his idea of “vetted” means. And this is identical man who lied about whether or not he knew about his former OSU huge receivers coach’s home violence allegations. So why does Urban Meyer’s phrase imply something?”
She additionally identified the problem that Black coaches have breaking into the NFL, writing, “Also keep in mind that per @ByKimberleyA, the NFL has FOUR black head strength coaches. Imagine how black candidates who have been trying to move up feel seeing Urban Meyer hire someone who was paid over $1M by Iowa to go away after allegations of racism.”