Ohio State insider Jeff Snook reacts to latest Brett McMurphy report, rips ESPN
Those who have followed the unfolding events surrounding the Zach Smith/Urban Meyer saga at Ohio State know that two often contrasting sides of the story are being reported.
Brett McMurphy, laid off by ESPN in April 2017 and now with Stadium, brought attention to Zach Smith’s 2009 arrest for domestic violence at Florida and a 2015 police investigation in Ohio in reports published to Facebook in July. Meyer infamously disputed the report about the 2015 incident when speaking at Big Ten Media Days that month. McMurphy responded by publishing a bombshell follow-up report on Aug. 1 with photos and text messages provided by Courtney Smith documenting the alleged domestic abuse. McMurphy’s reports were published via his Facebook page until his ESPN contract ran out. Once free from his ESPN contract, he began reporting for Stadium.
Jeff Snook, an Ohio State journalism graduate and author of multiple books on the Buckeyes, has used Facebook to tell a different side of the story. He has reported that the mothers of Zach Smith and Courtney Smith both say Zach Smith never abused his ex-wife. Snook also reported that Texas coach Tom Herman, a former OSU assistant, was McMurphy’s original tipster and sought revenge on Smith over the commitment of 5-star Austin, Texas WR Garrett Wilson to Ohio State. On Twitter, McMurphy disputed Snook’s Herman report.
On Friday, McMurphy reported, via Stadium, that Zach Smith had sex toys delivered to his Ohio State football offices, took nude photographs of himself during the team’s visit to the White House and also photographed himself having sex with an OSU staffer.
On Facebook, Snook has shared his criticisms of the latest McMurphy report and ESPN for picking it up.