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Urban Meyer issues another apology, says he regrets way he handled Zach Smith allegations

Posted: 10:56 AM, Sep 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-17 14:57:54Z
Urban Meyer issues another apology, says he regrets way he handled Zach Smith allegations

Urban Meyer is taking advantage of his return to the sidelines to let everyone know how sorry he is.

Again. 

Meyer released a statement on Monday to praise the team and the coaching staff, which went 3-0 without him following his suspension for mishandling domestic abuse allegations made against former assistant Zach Smith. 

“I want to be clear: I do not — never have and never will — condone domestic abuse,” Meyer wrote. “I’m working to make sure I do a better job every day as a leader.” 

He says he regrets his "misstatement" about the allegations at Big Ten Media Days this summer and his “failure to adequately manage a troubled employee. It caused people to question my commitment to our cover value of treating women with respect, and it caused them to question my honesty. For that, I am truly sorry.”

Meyer issued an apology to Courtney Smith in August two days after he failed to acknowledge her directly during a news conference at which it was announced he would serve a three-game suspension. Meyer was criticized for displaying a lack of empathy during that press conference.