Urban Meyer sued by NFL kicker for creating 'hostile work environment'
Urban Meyer’s success at Florida and Ohio State didn’t follow him to the NFL during a failed stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Meyer lasted just 13 games, eventually being shown the door by Jaguars owner Shad Khan. The final straw came after a report in the Tampa Bay Times revealed that Meyer had kicked Josh Lambo, the team’s placekicker, in the leg during a preseason practice. Meyer would ultimately deny the allegations.
On Tuesday, however, Lambo, a free agent since a brief period on the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad after his release from the Jacksonville roster in October, has sued for $3.5 million, the salary he was owed by Jacksonville in 2021. He has also filed for emotional distress.
“The lawsuit says Lambo’s performance suffered as a result of being kicked and verbally abused by then-head coach Urban Meyer,” wrote Rick Stroud. “[I]t claims Meyer and the Jaguars created a hostile work environment.”
According to the report in the Times, the incident occurred after Lambo missed a pair of field goals during preseason. During a later practice, Meyer reportedly kicked Lambo in his leg and addressed him with profanity. When Lambo asked him to not do it again, Meyer reportedly replied, “I’m the head ball coach, I’ll kick you whenever the (expletive) I want.”
Meyer will reportedly return to FOX Sports’ “Big Noon Kickoff” at the beginning of the college football season, drawing rave reviews during his brief tenure before becoming the Jaguars head coach.