On Tuesday morning, college football insider Brett McMurphy shook the table with a damning report that accused Urban Meyer of trying to cover up a racial slur that came from Zach Smith towards former OSU wide receiver Trevon Grimes.
Many players who were there during the incident denied it ever happened.
There’s no way that anyone would believe this. NO WAY. This lie is just out of hand. I was present during the entire altercation and what’s said in this article NEVER HAPPENED. I can guarantee it. Crazy how social media gives people platforms just to spread nonsense. https://t.co/FRBLucb9WY
— Parris Campbell (@PCampbell21) November 13, 2018
I witness the whole altercation and this didn’t happen.. You think a group of African American young men will sit there and let something like this happen? Say what you want but this isn’t true at all. https://t.co/FrteEDIa9H
— Johnnie L. Dixon III (@YoungKing_JD5) November 13, 2018
Earlier this month, Grimes’ father even denied the incident.
.@Brett_McMurphy alleges Urban Meyer covered up a “racially charged” incident between Zach Smith and Trevon Grimes.
But here’s video released by Grimes’ father this month in which he says “Urban Meyer and Ohio State were nothing but honorable to my son and our family.” pic.twitter.com/ByMD27oafe
— Eleven Warriors (@11W) November 13, 2018
Trevon Grimes, now playing at Florida, declined to offer comment, but the story is not going to end there. It might actually get worse for McMurphy.
On Tuesday, the Ohio State head coach hinted towards legal action towards McMurphy and his false report.
Urban Meyer says Ohio State is “certainly looking into legal action” against Brett McMurphy regarding this morning’s report.
— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) November 13, 2018
Statement from Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer on Brett McMurphy reporting that Trevon Grimes transferred to Florida because of a “racially-charged practice altercation” with former wide receivers coach Zach Smith: “Quite honestly, the most preposterous thing I’ve ever heard.” pic.twitter.com/qV3iLM0tv7
— Garrett Stepien (@GarrettStepien) November 13, 2018
On Big Ten teleconference just now Urban Meyer said the university is looking into “legal action” in the wake of the story written by Brett McMurphy on the transfer of Trevon Grimes last year.
— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) November 13, 2018
Here are some notes from what Meyer discussed on Tuesday’s teleconference, via Eleven Warriors:
- He says Ohio State was made aware of the upcoming story last week. He says athletic director Gene Smith and sports information director Jerry Emig acted “aggressively” and interviewed about 10 people. “Our players were over-the-top irate.”
- On Brett McMurphy’s story: “Quite honestly, the most preposterous thing I’ve ever heard being involved in college athletics.”
- “I wasn’t going to read it, but I did read it because I knew I was going to be asked those questions.”
- He says Urban Meyer traveled to visit Trevon Grimes’ family, as he would for any player in a similar circumstance.
- He says Ohio State is “certainly looking into legal action” against Brett McMurphy.
- Asked about whether he’s worried about the Brett McMurphy report affecting the team, Meyer says he’s concerned “about everything” since that’s his job as head coach.