Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Mayer apologized Monday for a video that surfaced over the weekend in which a woman who was not his wife danced on him.
The video was distributed on social media after the Jaguars lost to Bengal in a 24-21 game on Thursday night in Cincinnati.
“I apologize to the team for the distraction,” Mayer said during his Monday press conference. “It’s stupid. I explained everything that happened and I shouldn’t have put myself in that position.”
The mayor said he apologized to his family, saying they were “disturbed” by the video.
Meyer, who has roots in Ohio and coached the Ohio State Buckeyes from the 2012–18 season, said he didn’t move back to Florida with the team and stayed so he could spend time with his grandchildren and attend an event. .
“There was a big group next to the restaurant,” Meyer continued. “They wanted me to come and take pictures, and I did. (They) tried to drag me on the dance floor, screwed around, but I should have left.”
In the video, Meyer is seen sitting near a bar and facing the center of the room, while a woman dances with her back to him.
The Jaguars fell 0–4 after the loss and are one of only two winning teams in the NFL along with the Detroit Lions. Meyer is in his first season as head coach of the Jaguars, a team that is in the midst of rebuilding after selecting quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
So far, the Jaguars are looking largely unmatched, although they took a seven-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter against the Bengals before allowing Cincinnati to score 10 unanswered points, with 35-yard, kicker Evan McPherson. A game-winning field goal was involved. As time ran out.
“I’ve always been so defensive of him,” Meyer said when asked how the team responded to his apology. “When Trevor told me he wanted to go to Vegas for his bachelor party, I said, ‘My god, man, be careful who you surround yourself with because I’ve seen this happen.’ Team, I talked to a group of leaders face to face, I talked to all the players, they’re good. They’re focused on Tennessee. I apologize again for the distraction and a coach shouldn’t be distracted “
Mayer said he also spoke to Jaguar owner Shad Khan about the incident, adding that Khan was “very helpful” and that he also spoke “at length” to general manager Trent Balke.
On Sunday, the Jaguars will face AFC South-rivals Titans (2-2), who are currently ranked first in the division. And, as the team prepares, Meyer worries about the potential repercussions of his handling of the case.
“I’m worried about it,” the mayor said. “I have a great relationship with my own players. I’ve dealt with it on the other hand, staff members and other things. I’ve dealt with it. So, to say I’m worried, yes I’m worried. I’ve got to fix it now “