Courtney Smith, ex-wife of former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith Issues Statement

August 7, 2018 at 7:37 am by Terez in Main

This comes to us via Facebook. ” The attorney for Courtney Smith, ex-wife of former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith, told me Monday her client wants to fully cooperate with the school’s investigation of Urban Meyer.
In a statement from Julia Leveridge, Courtney Smith’s attorney, she said:
“Courtney Smith is currently involved in two legal matters, criminal trespass involving her ex-husband Zach Smith, and a domestic violence civil protection order she has obtained to ensure her ongoing safety. Ms. Smith will have no further comments until these matters have been resolved. Her focus remains on caring for her two small children and continuing her nursing studies.
“As her attorney, I can tell you that Ms. Smith is cautiously optimistic that The Ohio State University’s investigative committee will determine if proper reporting protocol was followed upon learning of the ongoing, abuse allegations against Zach Smith. We believe the University must prioritize the safety and well-being of others above all else. While The Ohio State University has never contacted Ms. Smith to discuss these allegations, she will fully cooperate with the university’s current investigation.
“We would like to set the record straight in terms of the misinformation that has been circulating.
• Ms. Smith has received absolutely no compensation for any interview she has granted to reporters.
• Ms. Smith is a victim of domestic violence. She has made concerted efforts to press charges of domestic abuse against her ex-husband.
• Ms. Smith has never been charged with an OVI or any other criminal offense.
“The cycle of abuse is complicated. Breaking free from years of violence takes tremendous courage and support. Blaming the victim only contributes to the stigma that is already present in our society today. It should be unacceptable.
“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four women will be the victims of severe violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes. Cases such as this can be difficult to fully understand by those on the outside, who too often, shamefully cast judgment. Ms. Smith is grateful to those who have shown her the support she deserves during this challenging time. Again, we will have no further comment until the pending litigation is resolved.”
Sunday night, Ohio State said it expects the investigation of Meyer to be completed in 14 days.
Zach Smith has never been convicted of domestic violence.
He said in an interview with a Columbus radio station on Friday that he never abused Courtney, but I obtained a text message where Zach admits and apologizes for strangling his wife on a spring break trip to Punta Cana in March 2015 and again in April 2015.
In 2009, Zach was arrested for aggravated battery on a pregnant female, when Zach was a graduate assistant at Florida and Courtney was 10 weeks pregnant. Courtney told me she was pressured in 2009 by Hiram de Fries, who was on Meyer’s staff at UF and is currently Ohio State’s “special assistant to the head coach” to drop the charges so Zach would not be convicted and fired from his job.
Less than three years after the 2009 arrest, Meyer hired Zach Smith at Ohio State in December of 2011.
Nine reports obtained from the Powell (Ohio) Police Department between Jan. 1, 2012 and July 26, 2018 involve domestic disputes between the Smiths, Cleveland.com reported.
After my initial reports on July 23 about Zach’s domestic violence incidents in 2015, Meyer was asked on nine different occasions at Big Ten Media Days on July 24 about the 2015 incidents and he said he had no knowledge of those, adding “I don’t know who creates a story like that.”
On Aug. 1, I reported based on text messages I have obtained, an interview with Courtney Smith and other information showed Meyer knew in 2015 of domestic abuse allegations against Zach Smith.
Ohio State launched an investigation after my report on Aug. 1 and two days later, Meyer admitted he lied about having no knowledge of the 2015 incidents, saying he was not “prepared” to answer questions from the media at Big Ten Media Days.
Smith, 34, had been on Meyer’s staffs at Florida and Ohio State for nearly one-third of his life, until he was fired July 23.
Ohio State’s newly convened, independent working group – formed by the university’s Board of Trustees to direct the investigation involving Meyer – met late last week, appointed a chair and engaged an investigative firm, the school said.
Former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson will serve as chair of the working group, which includes former acting U.S. Deputy Attorney General Craig Morford, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and current university trustees Alex Fischer, Janet Porter and Alex Shumate.
Decisions about actions, based on the findings of the investigation, will be made by the president of the university in consultation with the Board of Trustees.
Former Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White will lead the investigative team. White is a senior chair with the national law firm Debevoise & Plimpton and is a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Checkout the post below.-TO