Urban Meyer Responds To Allegation Of Showing A Picture Of Trayvon Martin To Justify Banning Hoodies

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Urban Meyer has denied ever showing a photo of Trayvon Martin to justify banning hoodies while coaching at Ohio State.

Former defensive back Marcus Williamson set Twitter on fire when he alleged the team was shown a photo of Trayvon Martin when being told why hoodies were banned. Martin was famously shot and killed by George Zimmerman, who was acquitted on all charges at trial. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

However, the three-time national champion coach has denied it ever happened, but didn’t deny hoodies were banned in certain settings.

Meyer told Jeff Snook the following about the allegations:

Our team rule was no hats or hoodies or sunglasses of any kind but only in team meetings, just so we could see their eyes and make sure they were paying attention and not asleep. We did not, and never would show a picture of Trayvon Martin. My gosh, no. That is absolutely false and you can check with any other player on my teams during that time to confirm what I am saying. Other players know what he is saying is false. I would never do that. He is crossing the line here. It seems people are just piling on now. But that never happened.

I have no idea who is telling the truth, but the fact Meyer pretty much gave people an open invite to ask other players seems to indicate he’s confident he didn’t do anything wrong.

The reality of the situation is that I’m confident if a major college football program pulled this alleged stunt, it’d be all over the news that same day.

Can you imagine the outrage that would happen if a head coach used Trayvon Martin wearing a hoodie as an example of why players can’t wear them?

That coach would almost certainly be fired on the spot.

So, while we don’t know the truth, this one simply seems hard to believe, especially with Meyer on record claiming it never happened.