•   
  •   
  •   

Offbeat Fired Ohio State assistant Zach Smith: 'I've never committed domestic abuse against her'

14:57  04 august  2018
14:57  04 august  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

Report: Meyer lied about knowledge of D.V. incident with coach

  Report: Meyer lied about knowledge of D.V. incident with coach Urban Meyer fired the longest-tenured member of his coaching staff last week after he was made aware of a 2015 domestic violence arrest he claimed he previously had no knowledge of, but a new bombshell report indicates the Ohio State coach was lying. College football reporter Brett McMurphy conducted an interview with Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith, and learned that Courtney exchanged text messages with the wives of other Buckeyes assistants and told them about Zach abusing her.

Former Ohio State coach Zach Smith on domestic abuse claims: "All I can really say is we had a volatile relationship. It was toxic." "The only thing that is absolutely true is I never committed domestic abuse against her .

Fired Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith just broke his silence on his alleged domestic violence saying he NEVER beat his ex-wife. Zach went on 105.7 The Zone to tell his side of the story and says while he was in a "volatile" and "toxic" relationship

Video by CBS Sports

Zach Smith was fired by Ohio State in July after a domestic violence civil protection order was filed by his ex-wife Courtney. Friday, Smith denied the allegations against him.

“I've never committed domestic abuse against her," Smith told 105.7 The Zone in Columbus, Ohio.

Courtney Smith this week shared photos purporting to show herself with bruises on her neck and arms, and a bloodied hand from an alleged 2015 encounter with her husband in an interview with college football reporter Brett McMurphy as well as with a video interview with Stadium.

Ohio State's Meyer put on leave, investigation opened

  Ohio State's Meyer put on leave, investigation opened Ohio State has placed coach Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave while it investigates claims by the ex-wife of a recently fired assistant coach that Meyer's wife knew of allegations of the former assistant's abusive behavior. Load Error

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Fired Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith denied ever abusing his then-wife, allegations he said in a radio interview Friday that athletic director Gene Smith was aware of in the immediate " I ' ve never committed domestic abuse against her ," Smith said on WXZX-FM.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Fired Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith said in a radio interview with 105.7 The Zone in Columbus on Friday evening that he never committed domestic abuse against his ex-wife Courtney.

Asked about those images, Zach Smith replied: “I don't know where they are from. There were several times things got out of hand between us and I may have restrained her to get out of the house.”

He went on to talk about the images to ESPN as well.

"I told him (Meyer) Courtney's accusing me of domestic violence. I didn't," he said. "I don't know what's going on. Anything that happened to her body was all defensive movements to remove myself from the situation."

Smith talked about the image where Courtney's hand appeared to have sustained a cut and claimed it happened when she tried to pour a can of tobacco on him in his sleep.

Texas A&M includes strict gender violence clause in coaching contracts

  Texas A&M includes strict gender violence clause in coaching contracts Texas A&M is taking strict measures to ensure it doesn’t find itself in an Ohio State or Baylor-type situation. The Dallas Morning News obtained contracts of Aggies offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey, tight ends coach Tim Brewster, defensive ends coach Terry Price and director of football operations Mark Robinson and reported “the university clearly outlined that if an assistant fails to ‘promptly report’ any information pertaining to alleged gender violence or sexual assault, they can be fired without receiving damages.

Former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith said that athletic director Gene Smith knew about the domestic violence Zach , a former recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach, was fired by Ohio State on July 23, after reports surfaced I ' ve never committed domestic abuse against her ."

The ex-wife of former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith says she told Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer’s wife in 2015 that her husband had assaulted her , an incident Meyer said last week he was unaware of.

"She grabbed a can of tobacco that I had, and she went to pour it on me, and when I put my hand up to stop her from pouring it on me, I closed the can and it sliced her hand," he said.

During his interview on ESPN, McMurphy released a text message between Zach and Courtney which appears to show Zach acknowledging his abuse in the past.

The former coach said he met with Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith after the 2015 allegation but did not get head coach Urban Meyer involved.

Courtney Smith filed for divorce in November 2015 and filed a domestic violence protection order against Zach Smith on July 20 — three days before his firing and four days before Meyer’s appearance at Big Ten Media Days.

Text message appears to show Zach Smith admitting to strangling ex-wife

  Text message appears to show Zach Smith admitting to strangling ex-wife A newly-released text message allegedly between Zach Smith and his ex-wife Courtney appears to show the former Ohio State assistant coach admitting to strangling her. A newly-released text message allegedly between Zach Smith and his ex-wife Courtney appears to show the former Ohio State assistant coach admitting to strangling her.

16, 2017 photo, Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith watches before the start of an NCAA about domestic abuse allegations against a fired assistant , and interview with that assistant , Zach Smith , aired where he said he ' never committed domestic abuse .' I ' ve never beat her . Nothing.

I ’ ve never committed domestic abuse against her . Now, there were times things got out of hand and I had to defensively restrain her …

Meyer has since been put on paid administrative leave while Ohio State investigates the allegations — which Smith says are unfounded.

"I was not a good husband," Smith told the radio station. "I pushed her buttons. I could make her mad easily. There's a lot of things I did wrong. That's between her and I. There was never domestic abuse. I never hit her. Never got arrested. Never got charged."

As for why Ohio State decided to fire him if that was the case, Smith said he believes the media uproar around the story forced the university's hand.

"It was a move they had to make," he said. "I don't think I deserved it. But I don't think it was wrong."

Meyer released a statement Friday addressing his denial of any knowledge of the 2015 incident at Big Ten Media Days in July.

"My words, whether in reply to a reporter's question or in addressing a personnel issue, must be clear, compassionate and most of all, completely accurate," the statement read. "Unfortunately at Big Ten Media Days on July 24th, I failed on many of these fronts. My intention was not to say anything inaccurate or misleading. However, I was not adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media, and I apologize for the way I handled those questions.

Ohio State AD Gene Smith remains silent amid brewing scandal

  Ohio State AD Gene Smith remains silent amid brewing scandal He has yet to speak publicly about what he knew when regarding the handling of domestic violence allegations against a former assistant football coach.Meyer, the focus of an independent investigation appointed by the OSU Board of Trustees, issued a statement Friday. In it, he clarified his handling of domestic abuse allegations made against since-fired assistant coach Zach Smith by his then-wife in 2015.

The defense of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and former assistant Zach Smith regarding abuse with his wife was “volatile,” insisting, “ I ’ ve never committed domestic abuse against her .” (That’s also when Zach Smith was fired ). “I was never told about anything and nothing ever came to light

Fired Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith just broke his silence on his alleged domestic violence saying he NEVER beat his ex-wife. Zach went on 105.7 The Zone to tell his side of the story and says while he was in a "volatile" and "toxic" relationship

"Please know that the truth is the ultimate power, and I am confident that I took appropriate action. As I stated above, I deeply regret if I have failed in my words."

Smith also addressed Meyer's role in the situation. He does not believe he should be fired.

"I'd be heartbroken. For Ohio State. For the players. For him and his family. It'd be dead wrong. If he loses his job it's flat wrong. And this is the guy who fired me. It would be a crime."

Ex-Ohio State assistant Zach Smith was arrested for drunk driving in 2013 .
Former Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith has been in trouble with the law on numerous occasions over the past decade, and his rap sheet apparently includes more than just instances of domestic violence. Smith, who was recently fired by Urban Meyer after allegations against him were uncovered, was arrested in 2015 on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in Dublin, Ohio. Kyle Rowland of The Blade reports that the charge was later reduced and he was found guilty of physical control, a first-degree misdemeanor.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!