McMurphy Story Garners Heated Response

Ohio State is very strongly denying accusations made in a report by Brett McMurphy of Stadium Sports today. 

In the story, McMurphy extensively quotes the father of former Buckeye TreVon Grimes, LeBron Grimes. 

LeBron Grimes said that before his son transferred to Florida, he was involved in an altercation with since-fired Buckeye assistant Zach Smith. (Smith was let go after several run-ins with police came to light.) Grimes further claimed that his son told him Smith used a racist slur during the incident. 

Buckeye athletic director Gene Smith countered that their investigation found no witness who would corroborate that Smith used a slur. Quite the contrary, several Ohio State players have vehemently denied it happened. 

 
 
 

We should note that Grimes liked the tweet below from Tate Martell, as well as many other tweets disparaging McMurphy's reporting.

 

Bosa is a former player now due to his injury, but he would have still been with the team in September when McMurphy says this happened.

 

Regardless of the fact that firsthand witnesses disputed the account, it was this blowup with his position coach--not his mother's cancer diagnosis--that LeBron Grimes asserted was the basis for TreVon's decision to transfer. 

In fact, McMurphy actually insinuates that TreVon's mother and Ohio State exaggerated or lied about her medical situation in order for TreVon to be able to play immediately after he changed schools. He cited several doctors who had never examined Leah Grimes and provided no other evidence. 

He also conceded that sources told him LeBron and TreVon are estranged. 

This, naturally, upset OSU administrators like school president Michael Drake.  

 

Smith not only released a statement, he joined 105.7 The Zone to repudiate McMurphy's story. He even took time from traveling back from a College Football Playoff committee meeting to do so. 

"We confirmed that the accusations that have been made are untrue," he said. 

 

During the Big Ten's weekly teleconference, Urban Meyer said he is considering taking legal action against McMurphy, and he's not alone. 

 

Ohio State offensive coordinator Ryan Day told reporters that--from what he knows of the program--he believes any assistant who used a racial slur would be terminated immediately. 

And some of those reporters Day was speaking to also took issue with McMurphy's journalism. 

 
 

An ESPN journalist also told Ben Koo of Awful Announcing that "We would not publish this." 

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