Former Jacksonville Jaguars footballer sues team, says former manager Urban Meyer has created hostile work environment

In Tuesday’s lawsuit at Fourth Judicial Circuit Court in Duval County, Florida, Lambo said that during a training session in August, Meyer “kicked his leg and used profanity to insult. [him] and warn him to take his kicks. in particular, [Meyer] supposedly screamed [Lambo]’Hey dip, get your fucking kicks!’ “

Lambo responded to Meyer, according to the lawsuit, telling the coach: “‘Don’t ever kick me again!’ [Meyer] he replied: “I’m the coach of the ball, I’ll kick you anytime the fuck I want. ‘”

According to the Tampa Bay Times in December, Meyer denied that what Lambo said was accurate.

“Josh’s description of me and this incident is completely inaccurate, and there are eyewitnesses to refute his account,” Meyer told the paper. “(Chief Executive) Trent (Baalke) and I have met with him on multiple occasions to encourage his performance, and this has never been relieved. I have been fully supportive of Josh during his time with the team and only wish him the best”.

Meyer (left) talks to Lambo after the kicker missed his second field goal against the Denver Broncos during the first half on September 19, 2021.

The lawsuit alleges that Lambo informed the Jaguars of the incident through his agent, Richard Irvin, but the team “did not initiate an investigation” or “intervened in the tight working conditions” between the two.

The lawsuit claims that Meyer “started a harassment model and created a hostile work environment.” The former coach threatened to cut Lambo, the lawsuit claims, “if he ever opposed his behavior or challenged his authority again.”

The complaint said Meyer continued to verbally harass the kicker and used “scare tactics to distract [him] while practicing his kicks. “Lambo” felt the stress “of the coach’s” retaliatory actions, which influenced [Lambo’s] ability to sleep, exercise and do their job as they had done in previous seasons under different coaches, “according to the complaint.

CNN reached out to Meyer and the Jaguars for comment.

Jacksonville cut Lambo in October after the kicker missed all three of his field goal attempts in the first three weeks of the 2021 season. The lawsuit said his missed field goals “caused no losses for the Jaguars.”

According to the filing, Lambo’s release violated Florida’s private sector whistleblower law “concerning assaults, beatings and workplace violence in support of an employer’s interest.”

After being cut, the lawsuit alleges that Lambo “suffered professional ramifications including lost wages, benefits and other remunerations, as well as extreme emotional and mental distress due to harassment, hostile work environment and retaliation” by the Jaguars. .

Meyer on the sidelines during a game against the Tennessee Titans.

Lambo is seeking damages. According to Spotrac, Lambo’s salary for the 2021 season was $ 3.5 million.

The Jaguars sacked Meyer in December after just 13 games (2-11) in his first season as an NFL manager.

Upon his dismissal, team owner Shad Kahn said in a statement: “While analyzing Urban’s entire tenure with our team, I am bitterly disappointed to come to the conclusion that immediate change is imperative for everyone. I informed Urban of the change this evening. As I said in October, it was essential to regain our trust and respect. Unfortunately it didn’t happen. “