Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer said today that he did not adequately convey his deep commitment to fighting relationship violence during a press conference on Wednesday.
The press conference was being held to announce Meyer's three-game suspension for a failure to "adhere to the precise requirements of [his contract when he concluded that he] needed to await a law enforcement determination to file charges before [he] reported the otherwise disputed claims of spousal abuse against [former Ohio State assistant] Zach Smith."
"Over the years, we have worked hard to educate and remind our coaches and players of the seriousness of relationship violence," Meyer said in a statement released via a tweet and in a university press release. "I understand my lack of more action in this situation has raised concerns about this commitment."
At Wednesday's press conference, ESPN's Greg Amante asked Meyer if he had a message for Smith's ex-wife Courtney Smith.
"Well, I have a message for everyone involved in this. I’m sorry we’re in this situation," Meyer had answered.
Today he expressed regret for not going further.
"Let me say here and now what I should have said on Wednesday: I sincerely apologize to Courtney Smith and her children for what they have gone through."
Read the full Meyer statement here: