Kristina Miller, a domestic violence survivor and mother of five-star Ohio State 2019 offensive line commitment Harry Miller, issued a statement Saturday standing by her son’s commitment to the Buckeyes and her confidence in coach Urban Meyer.
She did so via social media to several outlets which cover Ohio State, including The Dispatch. She added in a message to The Dispatch that “Haters will always hate, regardless. Won’t change many minds about Urban, but I won’t be bullied into standing down for what I believe.”
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Meyer was put on administrative leave by Ohio State on Aug.1 while the university investigated whether he took appropriate action in response to 2015 allegations by Courtney Smith of domestic abuse from her then-husband and then-OSU receivers coach Zach Smith. On Wednesday night, the university changed Meyer’s status to full suspension without pay until Sept.3, and he won’t be allowed to coach in a game until game 4 vs. Tulane on Sept. 22, its primary reasoning was because Meyer kept on staff for six years a coach in Zach Smith who had many problems.
Though the independent investigative counsel concluded Meyer has “a sincere commitment to the Respect for Women core values that he espouses and tries to instill in his players,” according to the press release from the school, and that he “would not hesitate to terminate any coach if spousal abuse was established,” the ongoing perception still is that he did tolerate it. That’s why Kristina Miller, of Buford, Ga., felt compelled to speak out Saturday.
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This was her message: