Since then, Meyer has been placed on administrative leave and an investigation is being conducted to determine if the proper protocol was followed in reporting the allegations and, ultimately, Meyer's fate with the school.
Meyer initially denied that he knew anything about the 2015 accusation before issuing a statement Friday that reversed course. An Ohio State spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.More news: God Of War’s Massive New Game Plus Mode Is Coming This Month
The statement was released the same day Buckeyes fans rallied at Ohio Stadium in support of Urban Meyer, who Courtney Smith says knew of the 2015 domestic assault incident between her and Zach Smith that resulted in a 911 call.
Zach Smith told Columbus radio station 105.7 The Zone that Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith questioned him during the 2015 football season about the allegations made by Courtney Smith that fall. According to Meyer, he "followed proper reporting protocols and procedures" after learning of alleged abuse by the Buckeyes former wide receivers coach.
Firing Meyer without cause would cost Ohio State a almost $40 million buyout.More news: Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius given standing ovation upon Anfield return
Ohio State fan Jeff Hamms, who organized the event on his Facebook page, took center stage at the rally, leading the roughly 200 fans in "Urban Meyer" chants while others stood by with their pro-Meyer and anti-ESPN signs, including one that mocked the Me Too movement.
Leveridge's statement was also apparently a response to accusations against her client, attacking Courtney Smith's credibility.
In a statement obtained by USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday morning, Julia Leveridge said Ohio State has "never contacted Ms. Smith" to discuss the domestic violence allegations against her ex-husband, either in the immediate aftermath of an alleged 2015 incident or in the years since.More news: Baker Mayfield shines during his Browns debut
Leveridge also said that Smith "received absolutely no compensation" for granting interviews to reporters.
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