By KEN MAGUIRE, AP sports writer
WATFORD, England (AP) – Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer on Friday vowed not to miss another team flight.
The last time he did so, Meyer ended up embarrassing the franchise and drew a public rebuke from owner Shad Khan after videos surfaced of the coach’s behavior at an Ohio bar.
Meyer, speaking outside London ahead of Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins, had chosen not to return with his side winless after Jacksonville’s 24-21 loss to Cincinnati on September 30, a Thursday night .
It’s a very unusual move for any coach, but Meyer said on Friday he gave players and his coaches three days off two days after the loss. He said he stayed in Ohio to visit his grandsons.
âYeah, I’m looking back nowâ¦ I spoke to our GM about it. It didn’t seem like a big deal, but yeah, it’s something I won’t do, âMeyer said on Friday.
Instead of joining his team on the flight, Meyer stayed in his home state of Ohio to see his family members and went out for dinner that Friday at his restaurant / bar in Columbus, Urban Meyer’s Pint House. .
The first video shows a young woman dancing between the legs of Meyer, 57, as he sat on a bar stool. The second, taken from a different angle, shows Meyer’s right hand on or near her buttocks.
Khan publicly berated Meyer for the coach’s “inexcusable” behavior and said Meyer must “win back our trust and respect”.
Meyer had previously apologized to his family, his team and Khan for actions he called “just plain stupid”.
The Jaguars slipped to their 20th straight loss in a 37-19 loss to the Tennessee Titans last Sunday.
Rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence expressed his confidence in Meyer on Friday when asked if the coach had restored confidence in the locker room.
âHe handled the situation well. Obviously he’s had conversations with the team and one-on-one, all of us, âLawrence said. “Just him being the same guy coming to work.” Super hard worker, really cares about this team. Nobody can deny it. We’re in a good position and we all respect him, and we’re just ready to win a few games. “
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