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 power 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 go away by the varsity in June after a number of former gamers accused him of racism. Shortly afterward, the varsity and Doyle agreed to half methods. 

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Meyer, who was beforehand the top coach at fellow Massive Ten faculty 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 whole lot of exhausting questions requested, a whole lot of vetting concerned with all our workers. We did an excellent job vetting that one.”

He added: “I do know the individual for shut to twenty years, and I can guarantee them there will probably be nothing of any type within the Jaguar facility.”

Meyer mentioned he does not imagine that the racism accusations will forestall Jacksonville from attracting free brokers.

Shortly after being positioned on administrative go away 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 known 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 huge 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 take into account that per @ByKimberleyA, the NFL has FOUR black head power 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.”