Urban Meyer Has Issued A New Statement Defending Himself

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was suspended three games last week after the school’s investigation into how he handled allegations of domestic violence against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. Meyer’s suspension came as a result of how he handled Smith’s employment through the years.Meyer has issued numerous statements since, but Friday, he dropped another. In it, he makes three main points. It seems as if he wants to set the record straight on what exactly he’s being suspended for.We’ve transcribed the note. He issued it via Twitter a few minutes ago.“While I stand by my apologies to Courtney Smith, her children and everyone else, there have been a number of things reported in the media about President Drake’s decision and the Investigative Team’s Report that have not been correct and must be clarified.First, I was not suspended because I knew about or condoned Zach Smith’s alleged domestic abuse.On domestic violence, here is what the Lead Investigator stated at the Press Conference. “Overall, Coach Meyer impressed us with a sincere commitment to the Respect for Women core value that he espouses and tries to instill in his players.”On domestic violence, here is what the Investigative Report concluded: “We believe [Coach Meyer], as did Zach Smith, that if [Coach Meyer] ever came to learn or believe that Zach Smith had physically abused his wife, Coach Meyer would have fired Zach Smith or any other coach on the spot.”President Drake expressly stated the reason for Coach Meyer’s suspension at the August 22, 2018 Press Conference: “Based on the independent investigation, I want to state clearly that we believe Urban Meyer did not and does not condone domestic abuse. However, he did fail to take sufficient management action regarding Zach Smith and he was not as complete and accurate at Media Days and did not uphold the high standards and values of the university on that day. Therefore, Urban Meyer is suspended through September 2nd, 2018, and for the games on September 1st, 8th and 15th.”Second, as the report found and President Drake said, I did not lie at Big Ten Media Days.Regarding Big 10 Media Days, the Investigative Report Found: “And we credit that Coach Meyer, in answering reporters’ questions on July 24th was closely focused on erroneous reports that Zach Smith had been arrested on felony charges in 2015 while Coach Meyer had determined the night before not to have occurred. But his answer swept more broadly than the falsely reported arrest and Coach Meyer falsely stated he lacked knowledge of all relevant events regarding alleged domestic violence by Zach Smith in 2015. While those denials were plainly not accurate, Coach Meyer did not, in our view, deliberately lie.” “[W]e do not find that Coach Meyer’s misstatements on Big Ten Media Days were part of a deliberate cover-up for keeping Zach Smith on the coaching staff in the face of evidence of domestic violence by him that Coach Meyer or others in the Athletics Department credited….He clearly misspoke and made misstatements, but the reasons that happened are complex. Coach Meyer did not, in our view, deliberately lie.”Third, my fault was in not taking action sooner against a troubled employee about his work-related issues.Regarding my management of Zach Smith, the Lead Investigator stated: “The investigation identified multiple other examples of inappropriate conduct by Zach Smith while employed as an assistant football coach, some known by Coach Meyer and/or Gene Smith and others on the football staff. Coach Meyer and Athletic Director Smith’s efforts to help Zach Smith overcome his personal issues went too far in allowing him to remain as an employee in the face of repeated misconduct.”Here’s the tweet:pic.twitter.com/IVNDr3gZCt— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 31, 2018Meyer will miss games against Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU. He’ll be allowed to coach the team during the week for the final two of those games.last_img read more

Intact Financial Corp to buy US specialty insurer for US17 billion

Intact Financial Corp. to buy U.S. specialty insurer for US$1.7 billion by The Canadian Press Posted May 2, 2017 3:20 pm MDT Last Updated May 2, 2017 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Intact Financial Corporation (TSX:IFC) says it has reached a US$1.7-billion deal to buy OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd., a U.S. specialty insurer.Under the terms of the all-cash deal, OneBeacon shareholders will receive US$18.10 cash per common share, a 14 per cent premium based on OneBeacon’s closing stock price on the NYSE of US$15.89 as of May 1, and a 15 per cent premium to the volume weighted average price over the last 30 days.In addition, OneBeacon debt of approximately US$275 million will remain outstanding.Pending approval by OneBeacon’s shareholders, Toronto-based Intact says the acquisition will make it a North American leader in specialty insurance with more than C$2 billion of annual premiums.Intact says the deal will bolster its Canadian business with new products and cross-border capabilities, and better positions Intact to compete with international insurers. read more

One in four prisons hold transgender inmates says Ministry of Justice report

first_imgThe treatment of transgender people in courts, probation and prison services has not kept pace with the development of a more general understandingMinistry of Justice report The review, published by the MoJ on Wednesday, said: “It is apparent that the treatment of transgender people in courts, probation and prison services has not kept pace with the development of a more general understanding of the issues surrounding gender in society.”It said allowing transgender offenders to experience the criminal justice system in the gender in which they identify “will, in the great majority of cases, represent the most humane and safest way to act”.It added: “We believe it will also assist successful rehabilitation. In the minority of cases where that is not possible, the reasons for departing from this starting presumption must be clear, explicit and made known to the person they affect, especially when it involves assigning someone to a male or female prison.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Show more center_img One in four prisons in England and Wales are holding transgender inmates, an official report has revealed.Data collected in March and April showed that 33 of the 123 public and private prisons reported they had one or more transgender prisoners.There were 19 establishments with one transgender inmate, ten prisons with between two and four, and four facilities holding at least five.A paper published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said there were 70 inmates currently living in, or presenting in, a gender different to their sex assigned at birth and who have had a “case conference”. It did not include information on the number of prisoners who have already transitioned and have a full gender recognition certificate.Of the 70 inmates, 52 reported their gender as male and 14 as female, while it was not stated by four.The report said: “The gender is self-reported on reception to prison and based on information recorded on central administrative databases.”It is not possible to determine if this is the legal gender or whether or not the gender has changed.”There will be some transgender prisoners who have not had a case conference and some who are not known to prison staff, according to the study, so there may be some under-counting.Ministers launched a review of the care of transgender prisoners last year after the deaths of two inmates being held at all-male prisons.last_img read more