Former Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo claims Urban Meyer kicked him

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At a time when Jaguars coach Urban Meyer has an issue with current members of the team leaking unflattering things about him, Meyer now has to deal with a former member of the team who is on the record with a specific and troubling complaint regarding Meyer.

Former Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo claims that Meyer kicked Lambo prior to a practice in August.

“I’m in a lunge position,” Lambo told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “Left leg forward, right leg back. . . . Urban Meyer, while I’m in that stretch position, comes up to me and says, ‘Hey, Dipshit, make your f–king kicks!’ And kicks me in the leg.”

So how bad was it?

“It certainly wasn’t as hard as he could’ve done it, but it certainly wasn’t a love tap,” Lambo said. “Truthfully, I’d register it as a five [out of 10]. Which in the workplace, I don’t care if it’s football or not, the boss can’t strike an employee. And for a second, I couldn’t believe it actually happened. Pardon my vulgarity, I said, ‘Don’t you ever f–king kick me again!’ And his response was, ‘I’m the head ball coach, I’ll kick you whenever the f–k I want.'”

Lambo, via Stroud, believes that other players saw and heard the exchange. Lambo did not disclose names in order to not involve them. Meyer, for his part, denied the claim.

“Josh’s characterization of me and this incident is completely inaccurate, and there are eyewitnesses to refute his account,” Meyer said. “[General Manager] Trent [Baalke] and I met with him on multiple occasions to encourage his performance, and this was never brought up. I was fully supportive of Josh during his time with the team and wish him nothing but the best.”

Lambo reported the incident to his agent, Richard Irvin. Irvin then contacted the team’s legal counsel the next day. It’s unclear what if anything was done about it by the team at the time.

The Jaguars eventually released Lambo after he missed three field goals to start the season.

Here’s what needs to happen. Here’s what should have happened from the get go. The Jaguars need to investigate what amounts to an incident of workplace bullying and violence, if the allegations are true. The NFL needs to get involved as well. This alleged behavior implicates the Personal Conduct Policy, which prohibits “violent or threatening behavior toward another employee or a third party in any workplace setting.”

Regardless of what happened before, something needs to happen now. The matter needs to be investigated (perhaps by an independent lawyer) and a decision needs to be made as to whether Meyer did what he’s accused of doing.

Also, the NFL Players Association should be demanding that these actions be taken.

68 responses to “Former Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo claims Urban Meyer kicked him

  1. What needed to happen was Lambo should’ve back-handed Meyer across the mouth, told him to never touch him again, and then gone back to practicing his kicks.

  2. I can see this happening, Myer has no class and apparently has no clue how to coach grown men, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

  3. Something has got to give. If this is investigated,as it should be,and it turns out to be true,Meyer has got to go. No team should have to tolerate this.

  4. Initially shocking but then again is anyone surprised that this lying pariah would stoop this low? Jags, just fire this clown and spare your franchise QB from this.

  5. Seems like he’s channeling his inner Woody Hayes. Does anybody in their right mind seriously believe Meyer will be back with the Jags next season.

  6. Sounds like a hostile workplace. No wonder the Jaguars are underachieving, they have a low morale.

  7. The claims are starting to get ridiculous, and the media is very eager to add gasoline to the flames.

  8. I have no skin in the game but I detest Urban Meyer. Get him out of there. The quicker the better and quick isn’t soon enough.

  9. He’s getting fired in a month regardless. Can you imagine this franchise trying to sign free agents with this moron at the helm? Good luck with that.

  10. Notice that Meyer didn’t deny that something unpleasant occurred between him and Lambo and that he initiated it; he only said Lambo’s interpretation is inaccurate.

  11. Urb is a college coach. Some can go from college to pro, not Urb. If the Jags don’t fire him then they deserve what happens.

  12. This site should start a count down until he’s fired… I mean has a ‘medical condition’ that makes him want to ‘spend more time with his family.’

  13. When there are this many disturbing allegations made by multiple parties, coupled with video evidence of Meyer being a sleeze, there’s obviously something to it all.

  14. I’ve heard enough! Urban Meyer should get a 5 year extension!! He’s a daily NFL content machine.

  15. The funny thing is Meyer thought this might motivate Lambo to start making FG’s. Proves the point that Meyer is in over his head in the NFL and has no clue how to motivate adult men, most of them millionaires. Take that style back to college.

  16. It’s always good to see a head coach do everything he can to bring the most successful performances out of a player.
    Too bad this concept is lost on Meyers.

  17. Yeah, Meyer has a clear motive to deny this. I don’t know what Lambo’s motive would be to make up a story like this.

  18. It’s a shame Meyer never had a chance to coach a guy with the personality of, say, Steve Smith or Kyle Turley, that would’ve been fun.

  19. Does a violation of the Personal Conduct Policy constitute grounds for the voidance of Meyer’s contract? We Jags fans can only hope.

  20. As big of a DB as Meyer is, I don’t believe a word of what Lambo Field said.
    Why? It seems completely believable and Meyer is a proven db. No reason to believe Lambo is lying whatsoever.

  21. We all knew this was going to be a disaster but I wonder if Meyer actually thought he would be successful or he was just waiting for a sucker to pay him.

  22. Man is not cut to be a coach if he has to issue actual respect to the people under his control and just can’t. A man on a roster as his job said something. How good he is as a kicker is immaterial to the incident. Care to imagine how many guys in the college years when he could control their entire existence had his napoleon act make their lives a living hell? Man’s just another bully revealed once he stops winning. NFL as a whole will be well rid of him, and that I feel will happen rather soon.

  23. possumsauce says:
    December 15, 2021 at 8:24 pm
    It’s a shame Meyer never had a chance to coach a guy with the personality of, say, Steve Smith or Kyle Turley, that would’ve been fun.


    Dude he coached Aaron Hernandez…

  24. No doubt Meyer is a train wreck, but this sounds more like someone having a score to settle after being cut.

  25. C’mon man! He should have showed his commitment to kicking by kicking one ball, but two at the same time!

  26. This is why I just can’t see him lasting past this season. Given everything that’s been said about him, and the reported altercations with players like Lambo amd Marvin Jones, I can’t imagine any but the most desperate free agents would want to sign with this franchise. At this point, I would say they need to let him go and start interviewing (now that they can start interviewing earlier) for the a new head coach.

    You know, between this and the Tom Coughlin experience, this franchise is getting a very nasty reputation about how it treats players, and that’s not good. At all.

    berniemadoffsides says:
    December 15, 2021 at 7:24 pm
    He’s getting fired in a month regardless. Can you imagine this franchise trying to sign free agents with this moron at the helm? Good luck with that.

  27. The real issue here is that anyone…coach, player, reported, whoever…if they kick a kicker when he is in that ready position they are risking serious injury to that kicker. He seriously could have impacted the guy’s career. (Which I guess he did when he released him after 3 misses, but still…)

  28. I absolutely believe Lambo on this. Adam Gase’s agent must be sitting next to the phone just waiting for the Jags to call.

  29. The most interesting part of this is that Meyer chose a kicker to play tough guy with. If he had chosen any other position player, Meyer (or what was left of him) would have had to be scraped off the turf

  30. The jags all nfl teams do have cameras everywhere.
    Have Josh take a Lie detector test if not to back up his claim.
    Along with the Lap dance Video. and use this to
    Fire MEYER With Cause. that will render his contact gaurantees VOID.

  31. Strange we didnt hear a thing about this til now. I saw him doing and interview and claiming this is something the players assoc needs to investigate, ya sounds like he is looking for a big pay check from someone for mis treatment. What a dork

  32. At some point Jag ownership needs to take this one by the horns. Fire Meyer AND Baalke. The Jaguars have been struggling for a long time, but Urban Meyer is turning them into a joke. Meyer isn’t an NFL level coach.

  33. In a related move the NFL has called attorney Ted Wells to begin an independent review of this case. 🤪

  34. Oh man! This is better than the Chris Hanson wood chopping incident.

    … you’re such a spoiled child that you kick the kicker? and it costs you your job??!

  35. You can’t make this stuff up.

    This guy openly cheats on his wife and lies about it and all this?

    Who would hire this man?

  36. This allegedly occurred on an NFL practice field. There had to at least, what, at least dozen witnesses? Truth will come out.

  37. Urban kicks and scores! Jacksonville fans rejoice! Trash Day is here and the stench is now someone else’s problem!

  38. Why did tough guy Urban pick a small guy to kick and pick on,why didnt he go kick a lineman in the leg.what college is desperate or dumb enough now to hire Urban as their head coach and what kind of parent would allow their kid to go play for him.

  39. How does this situation resolve itself without firing Urban?
    Is he suddenly going to command the respect of the team and get the team on track?
    Jags need to expel the cancer now.

  40. Urban Haters are everywhere. He is a winner and you do not like that. Media wanted him gone day one. Never got a chance. He will go somewhere else amd win again.

  41. Mike Zimmer likes Urban Meyers style. But seriously though. Forget the workplace violence aspect. Who the hell thinks it is strategically a good idea to kick your kicker in the leg? And also give him added pressure to make kicks? Doesn’t seem like a good strategy at all.

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