The mother of a 24-year-old woman who danced near Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Mayer at Urban’s Chophouse in Columbus, Ohio last week, said she was concerned about her daughter’s well-being.
“(She) can’t go anywhere,” the mother told USA Today Sports. “It’s ruining his life what he’s doing. I’m worried for his emotional state right now.”
Granthshala Sports is not identifying the woman or her mother as the subject of backlash, despite not making a public statement yet.
New Horizon Media Group, a marketing company where the woman works, said on Thursday it was conducting an internal investigation into Friday’s incident.
Brian Duncan, an attorney representing the company, said the company “is not in a position to make any determination as to his (employment) status.”
He said the woman was working for the company during the investigation.
New Horizons Media Group owner Alex Cruz sent Duncan a request for comment.
Mom said, “I just pray Alex doesn’t fire my daughter because she needs this job. She just bought a house.”
When asked why New Horizons Media Group needed to investigate, Duncan said: “We haven’t had any prior problems with her. She’s been a very solid asset to the company. We’ll do our best to determine that.” We are going to conduct an internal investigation to see what impact this has on the company, if any and we will proceed accordingly.”
Duncan said the company worked for Urban Chophouse, a joint venture with Meyer and a restaurant in Ohio, and added that there was no information that the woman had a previous relationship with Mayer, a former Ohio State coach.
In one video the woman is shown dancing near the mayor and in another video the mayor is clearly shown grasping the women’s buttocks.
Videos of the woman and the mayor were distributed on social media after the Jaguars lost to Bengal on Thursday night 24-21 in Cincinnati.
“There was a big group next to the restaurant,” Mayor said during his Monday press conference. “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.”
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.
“I apologize to the team for the distraction,” the mayor said. “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.
Contribution: Lorenzo Reyes