Urban Meyer scandal: Woman who grinded with NFL coach may lose her job, says mom

Urban Meyer scandal: Woman who grinded with NFL coach may lose her job, says mom
Urban Meyer and the woman was very close to each other at the bar on weekend (Getty Images/ Sam Greenwood and Twitter/@chiefSVP)

The mother of a woman, who went viral recently for dancing on the lap of Jaguars' new head coach Urban Meyer, has expressed her distress over the whole matter. She also said that she’s worried about her daughter’s mental status. 

The 24-year-old woman, whose identity has been concealed because of backlash, was videotaped and photographed as she shook a leg very close to Meyer at his Chophouse in Columbus, Ohio last week. Now her mother told USA TODAY Sports, “(She) can’t even go anywhere. It's ruining her life is what it’s doing. I’m worried for her emotional status right now.”


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The distraught mother also seemed tense after it was revealed that New Horizon Media Group, a marketing company where her daughter is employed, has launched an internal probe into the matter. Brian Duncan, an attorney representing the company, said that the organization cannot “make any determination as to her (employment) status”. About the investigation, the lawyer added: “We’ve had no prior issues with her whatsoever. She’s been a very solid asset to the company. We’re going to undertake our internal investigation to determine what, if any, impact this has on the company and we’ll proceed accordingly.”

The mother of the woman said, “I just pray that Alex [owner of the company] doesn’t fire my daughter because she needs this job,” before adding that her daughter “just bought a house.” Meanwhile, after the October 2 incident that sparked a firestorm for the 57-year-old NFL coach, he apologized and said on Monday, October 4, “I just apologized to the team and the staff for being a distraction. It was stupid. I explained everything that happened and owned it, and, you know, just stupid, should not have had myself in that kind of position.”

Explaining the situation of that day, Meyer continued, “There was a big group next to our restaurant, and they wanted me to come over and take pictures and I did,” before mentioning that the group was “trying to pull me out on the dance floor, screwing around, and I should have left.” He also stated that he had a discussion with “a bunch of” team leaders one on one and with the whole team as well. “They're good. They were focused on Tennessee and I apologized again for being a distraction. A coach should not be a distraction,” Meyer added.

Reports said Meyer once again apologized to his team for his behavior over the weekend on Wednesday, October 6. NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport commented, “Meyer was, from what I understand, honest and pretty forthright. He expressed remorse and asked for forgiveness from his team. He basically took responsibility for what he did. He told his team he believed in them and loved them and said he cares about two things, really — football and family. He says he embarrassed them both.”


Also, ESPN’s Michael DiRocco provided an update in the matter as he tweeted, “Jaguars coach Urban Meyer on regaining the trust and respect of the organization: ‘I admire [owner Shad Khan] so much. ... And so, that's what makes me so angry at myself. I believe that, and I failed. And I’ve got to get it back, and I will.’”

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