The Jacksonville Jaguars head coach City Meyer is defending the hiring of a controversial coach who’s been accused of racism and bullying by former gamers.
The NFL workforce introduced Thursday (February 11) that they employed former College of Iowa energy coach Chris Doyle to be their director of sports activities efficiency.
Doyle, who was on the Hawkeye’s employees from 1999-2019, was positioned on administrative depart by the college in June after a number of former gamers accused him of racism. Shortly afterward, the college and Doyle agreed to half methods.
Meyer, who was beforehand the pinnacle coach at fellow Large Ten faculty Ohio State, is defending the brand new rent, claiming he is aware of Doyle properly and closely vetted his determination.
“I really feel nice concerning the rent, about his experience at that place,” Meyer mentioned throughout his media availability on Thursday, in accordance with CNN. “I vet everybody on our employees, and like I mentioned, the connection goes again near 20 years and loads of arduous questions requested, loads of vetting concerned with all our employees. We did an excellent job vetting that one.”
He added: “I do know the individual for near 20 years, and I can guarantee them there shall be nothing of any type within the Jaguar facility.”
Meyer mentioned he does not consider that the racism accusations will stop Jacksonville from attracting free brokers.
Shortly after being positioned on administrative depart at Iowa, Doyle posted a since-deleted assertion on Twitter saying the accusations about his conduct are “not true.”
Sports activities and tradition commentator Jemele Hill referred to as out the rent by questioning Meyer’s personal credibility, posting on Twitter: “Would like to know what his concept of “vetted” means. And this is identical man who lied about whether or not he knew about his former OSU extensive receivers coach’s home violence allegations. So why does City Meyer’s phrase imply something?”
She additionally identified the problem that Black coaches have breaking into the NFL, writing, “Additionally needless to say per @ByKimberleyA, the NFL has FOUR black head energy coaches. Think about how black candidates who’ve been attempting to maneuver up really feel seeing City Meyer rent somebody who was paid over $1M by Iowa to go away after allegations of racism.”