Jaguars coach Urban Meyer has already made a controversial rent for his first employees in Jacksonville.
The crew, which introduced its full employees on Thursday, introduced the hiring of Chris Doyle as its director of sports activities efficiency. Doyle makes the transfer to the NFL after a 21-year stint as Iowa’s energy and conditioning coach — a tenure that ended amid participant allegations of racism and bullying by the coach.
Doyle was positioned on administrative go away by this system on June 6, 2020, a day after former Iowa offensive lineman James Daniels — now with the Bears — accused Iowa of “racial disparities” in its remedy of gamers. Dozens of former gamers adopted up with social media posts discussing their experiences, many of them with Doyle.
The subsequent day, Doyle released a statement saying that “at no time have I ever crossed the line of unethical behavior or bias based on race. I do not make racists comments and I don’t tolerate people that do.” Iowa on June 15, 2020, introduced that it had parted ways with Doyle, who obtained $1.1 million as half of the separation settlement.
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That Meyer would even think about hiring Doyle to educate his majority Black crew raises considerations.
Those are made extra pointed contemplating this is not the primary time he has been criticized for his affiliation with assistants: He retained Zach Smith as graduate assistant at Florida after studying he was arrested in a 2009 home violence incident with spouse Courtney Smith. He additionally employed Zach Smith as his receivers coach at Ohio State in 2012, with paperwork later exhibiting that he was conscious of points of home violence within the Smiths’ marriage.
Meyer, answering questions concerning his employees on Thursday, stated he has recognized Doyle for 20 years and that he, common supervisor Trent Baalke and proprietor Shahid Khan vetted him.
Here’s Urban Meyer’s reply about hiring Chris Doyle. Says he, GM and proprietor vetted him.
Translation: they know, they only do not care pic.twitter.com/2EcAuKmuJT
— Richard????????Johnson (@RJ_Writes) February 11, 2021
“I vetted him thoroughly, along with our general manager and owner,” Meyer stated. “I feel great about the hire, about his expertise at that position. So we vetted him thoroughly.”
Regardless of Meyer’s rationalization, his alternative elicited lots of criticism on social media:
To recap: Urban Meyer retired from teaching Ohio State after a member of his employees abused his then-wife whereas OSU did nothing. Now he is hiring the energy coach who left Iowa after a number of Black gamers there stated he mistreated them and made racist feedback to them. https://t.co/VJV7xfSN0c
— Diana Moskovitz (@DianaMoskovitz) February 11, 2021
i didn’t assume that there could possibly be one other rent this nfl offseason that will make the cycle look worse than it already has and YET https://t.co/rlzzVFHmlW
— Harry Lyles Jr. (@harrylylesjr) February 11, 2021
Of all of the folks Urban Meyer may rent, he employed this man? Really?
Nice message you’re sending to your Black gamers. And Black coaches. And Black folks within the group. https://t.co/NG9d4GPNVW
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) February 11, 2021
From a former Iowa participant: Doyle stated, “Maybe you should take up rowing or something, you know? Oh wait, Black people don’t like boats in water, do they?”
From one other Black participant at Iowa: Doyle stated, “Why you walking [with] all that swagger? I’ll put you back on the streets.” https://t.co/XZkz30ApDu
— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) February 11, 2021
One of Urban Meyer’s 1st employed because the Jaguars head coach is Chris Doyle, former Iowa energy coach that was fired this previous offseason amid claims of biased conduct primarily based on race.
Shocking? Not actually. https://t.co/TmoeGUHmwy
— Unnecessary Roughness (@UnnecRoughness) February 11, 2021
Chris Doyle’s exercises put 13 Iowa gamers within the hospital. He wasn’t fired. He acquired an award & grew to become CFB’s highest-paid energy coach.
Doyle was accused of racial bias by a number of Black gamers. He acquired a $1.1 million separation bundle & solely took 8 months to discover a new job. https://t.co/vritP8sAQg
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) February 11, 2021
Wow! Crazy! Iowa has produced some loopy athletes within the final 20 years!
I WONDER WHY THIS COACH WAS SUDDENLY AVAILABLE TO BE HIRED ELSEWHERE https://t.co/fWZq71n62v
— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) February 11, 2021