Urban Meyer’s most recent statement, released in time for the evening-news cycle Friday, shows a measure of humanity that had been lost amid the madness of the most recent Ohio State scandal. Good on Meyer.

It’s never too late to do the right thing.

Central to the scandal is Courtney Smith, who has been victimized to one degree or another. Domestic violence — allegedly at the hand of Smith’s ex-husband, Zach, a former Meyer assistant — is the core issue. It goes deeper than a tattoo needle.

There has been heated debate about the depth of Meyer’s and athletic director Gene Smith’s negligence in this matter. If my email inbox is any measure, the vast majority of Ohio State fans think Meyer and Smith are heroes for heading off one woman’s plan to destroy the football program. Yeah, she’s the problem.

Meyer finally recognized there are human beings involved — real people other than himself and those who hate Michigan — whose lives are being affected. It took him a couple of days to pick the right words. But they are good words. Among them:

“Let me say here and now what I should have said on Wednesday: I sincerely apologize to Courtney Smith and her children for what they’ve been through.”

Regardless of who might’ve had a hand in crafting the statement, Meyer’s message came across as personal and sincere. Too late? Maybe. Still, it was powerful because it dealt with the heart of the matter.

After Wednesday’s big news conference — a Lollapalooza of tone-deafness — it was sorely needed.

It’s never too late to do the right thing.

As a national media contingent descended on Ohio State, Crew owner Anthony Precourt threw a little party in Austin, Texas. His plot to steal Columbus’ Major League Soccer team is riven with hypocrisy, heartlessness and naked greed. His little party was the SXSW of tone-deafness.

Earlier in the week, Precourt’s front office (the one up here) served noticed that it would be taking deposits for 2019 season tickets in Columbus. Party on Wednesday, when Precourt announced that his team’s new name is “Austin FC.” He explained that “FC” stands for “Football Club,” which pays “tribute to the origins of the sport.”

This, from the man who is trying to destroy the league’s first chartered city.

My god, have you no shame?

The big unveil was the logo: A green (“bright verde”) oak tree (alleged to be “two intertwined oaks,” but whatever) in a field of black. Objectively, it’s not an awful crest. That said, it is already clear that a 10-year old with a smartphone could dig up a host of standard clip art that looks virtually the same. (Try it, kids.)

Symbolically, it’s yet another kick in the collective crotch of Columbus. It’s utterly tone-deaf.

Last autumn, after Precourt announced his ambition, fans in the Nordecke unfurled a Massive banner of a giant oak tree, lush with green, with the logos of the league’s original teams wrapped in the roots. The banner went up before kickoff of a playoff game at Mapfre Stadium.

“Respect Your Roots” was the message painted on the tifo.

Precourt’s “bright verde” tree logo has four roots splaying across the bottom of it. The accompanying motto is “Grow The Legend.”

Given the way Precourt has run his business in Columbus, it is possible he had no idea how all of this might blow up in his face. But if he had even an ounce of awareness, then it is clear that his intent is to troll the Crew fans he despises. And if that’s the case, his new crest is a joke. Literally, a joke.

It’s never too late to do the right thing. Save The Crew folks have been saying it since October. Last week, it was again their message to MLS commissioner Don Garber. It’s never too late to do the right thing.