Former Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo is suing the team and seeking his full salary for last season, plus damages for emotional distress following his accusation of being kicked by former coach Urban Meyer, according to a report from the Tampa Bay Times.
“The lawsuit, filed in the 4th Judicial Circuit Court in Duval County on Tuesday, claims Meyer and the Jaguars created a hostile work environment,” Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported today. “Since Lambo reported the incident to the Jaguars’ legal counsel, his subsequent release violated Florida’s Private Sector Whistle Blower’s Act, the lawsuit claims.”
Meyer allegedly kicked Lambo in the leg during practice and told him to make his kicks.
Via the Tampa Bay Times:
In a practice before the final exhibition game against the Cowboys in August, Lambo says he was in a lunge position when Meyer approached him, kicked him in the leg, and said, ‘Hey Dips–t, make your f–king kicks!’” Lambo says he told Meyer to never strike him again, but the Meyer responded with, “I’m the head ball coach, I’ll kick you whenever the f–k I want.”
During a lengthy interview with OutKick’s Dan Dakich in January, Meyer steadfastly denied that he kicked Josh Lambo during a warmup session in the preseason.
“When you come out and say a player was kicked, that’s not true,” Meyer told Dakich, who then specifically asked if he had “kicked the kicker.”
“I certainly did not,” Meyer responded. “To kick someone? Come on. I’ve done this 37 years. Kick a player? The other players came up to me and said, ‘We saw the whole thing.'”
Meyer’s short-lived time with the Jaguars was marred by a myriad of issues. He was fired on December 16 with a 2-11 overall record.
Lambo was released by the team on Oct. 19 after struggling in the past season. He departed as the most accurate kicker in franchise history.
Lambo is seeking his $3.5 million salary and damages.