Kicker’s lawsuit could shed light on Urban Meyer’s time with Jags

Jacksonville Jaguars HC Urban Meyer during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals, September 30, 2021, in Cincinnati. Photo: AP Photo/Michael Conroy

By Markus Lang

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Placekicker Josh Lambo’s lawsuit against the Jacksonville Jaguars could reveal more details about former coach Urban Meyer’s turbulent NFL tenure.

Lambo’s attorney is looking for a variety of records of Meyer’s time with the team, including “any documentation of abusive or toxic workplace behavior under Meyer’s leadership and any investigation into those allegations.”

Lambo filed a lawsuit Monday in Duval County’s Fourth Judicial Circuit Court seeking more than $30,000 in damages for emotional distress and reputational damage caused by Meyer.

The Jaguars fired Meyer on December 15, hours after the Tampa Bay Times reported that Meyer had kicked Lambo during a practice months earlier. Meyer was fired for good reason, although the team insists Lambo’s allegation had nothing to do with owner Shad Khan’s decision to part ways with the longtime college coach.

Lambo, the fourth most accurate kicker in NFL history, missed a field goal attempt in each of Jacksonville’s first two preseason games. In a practice session ahead of the final exhibition game in August, Lambo says he stretched when Meyer walked up to him, kicked him in the leg and said, “Hey (expletive), do your (expletive) kicks!”

Lambo says he told Meyer never to hit him again, but Meyer replied with, “I’m the header coach. I’ll kick you whenever I want.”

The Jaguars declined to comment on the lawsuit.

See also  Bruton Smith's NASCAR legacy is so much more than Charlotte Motor Speedway

Lambo’s lawsuit includes a jury trial request and a long list of requests to the Jaguars to investigate:

Among them:

—Documentation related to an internal investigation into Lambo’s objection to Meyer’s conduct.

—Documentation related to a third-party investigation into Lambo’s objections to Meyer’s conduct, including any final reports or recommendations from third-party investigators.

— Documentation of other investigations into Meyer’s workplace behavior in 2021 or 2022.

—Documentary showing the Jaguars’ efforts to notify the NFL or the NFL Players Association of Meyer’s workplace conduct.

– Texts, emails, notes, voicemails and audio/video of Meyer’s response to Lambo’s initial complaint that he was kicked and verbally abused while training.

– Text messages, emails, notes, voicemails and audio/video of interactions between Meyer and Lambo following the player’s complaint.

– Documentation on Lambo’s position in the team in 2021 and his termination.

—Documenting other instances of offensive, abusive, violent or hostile actions by Meyer towards other staff, coaches and players.

—Documentation of any communication between Jaguar management staff regarding reports by other staff of Meyer’s unprofessional, bullying, abusive or toxic workplace conduct.

– Audio or video recordings or documentation of any rant, profanity or outburst by Meyer towards coaches, players or staff in 2021.

– Documenting Jaguar management’s efforts to advise, correct or otherwise address Meyer’s workplace behavior in 2021.

Leave a Comment