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 staff 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 workers 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. 

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Meyer, who was beforehand the pinnacle coach at fellow Large Ten college Ohio State, is defending the brand new rent, claiming he is aware of Doyle effectively and closely vetted his choice.

“I really feel nice in regards to the rent, about his experience at that place,” Meyer mentioned throughout his media availability on Thursday, according to CNN. “I vet everybody on our workers, and like I mentioned, the connection goes again shut to twenty years and a variety of laborious questions requested, a variety of vetting concerned with all our workers. We did an excellent job vetting that one.”

He added: “I do know the particular person for shut to twenty years, and I can guarantee them there might be nothing of any kind within the Jaguar facility.”

Meyer mentioned he would not consider that the racism accusations will forestall 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 habits 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 thought of “vetted” means. And this is similar man who lied about whether or not he knew about his former OSU broad 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 remember that per @ByKimberleyA, the NFL has FOUR black head energy coaches. Think about how black candidates who’ve been making an attempt to maneuver up really feel seeing City Meyer rent somebody who was paid over $1M by Iowa to go away after allegations of racism.”