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Urban Meyer said he was unaware until recently that a photo of Trayvon Martin was used as a Ohio state coach at a 2017 team meeting – after he initially denied the claim.

“I didn’t know about it until I talked to him an hour ago [former OSU safety Tyvis Powell]”I wasn’t there,” Meyer said in a story published Wednesday [in the meeting]. None of the coaches attended. It was an assistant who made a mistake and apologized. ”

Two days ago, Meyer vehemently denied using a picture of Martin in one of his meetings – an accusation Buckeyes cornerback Marcus Williamson said on Twitter on Jan. 1.

Williamson, a fifth-year student at OSU, said Martin’s picture was used in PowerPoint as a visual aid to implement the program’s “shirtless” policy.

Martin was shot and killed in 2012 by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. After his death, NBA stars, including Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James Martin, wore cap sweaters to honor him.

Powell, who played for Meyer at OSU from 2013 to 2015, tweeted about the situation on Monday.

“I received information about the situation with Treyvon Martin. This was presented at the first course meeting on the “no hood” in the building rule. It was then emphasized how insulting it was for everyone and the person in charge apologized and they accepted it, ”Powell wrote on Twitter.

“The players I spoke to said that the person in charge had not really read in the situation and had no idea what was going on behind the scenes. So Marcus is not lying about it. It was something that was discussed personally. I’m still in the OSU’s racial position. ”

On Monday, Meyer explained the team’s “hoodless” rule when considering the situation for the first time.

“Our team rule was not hats, caps or sunglasses of any kind, but only at team meetings, just to make sure we could see their eyes and make sure they were asleep and not sleeping,” Meyer said. To Ohio State Reporter Jeff Shook.

At the time, Meyer denied using the photo a few days later before dismissing the claim.

“We didn’t show a picture of Trayvon Martin and never did,” Meyer told Shook. “No, no. This is absolutely wrong and you can contact any other player on my team during that time to confirm what I am saying. Other players know his statement is a lie. I would never have done that. He crosses the border here. Apparently, people are now gathered. But that never happened. “

Urban Meyer was relieved of his duties at the Jacksonville Jaguars on December 16th.

Former OSU security guard Joshua Perry, who played under Meyer, defended the program and praised Meyer as head coach.

“Last night I saw the former Baki aka talking about his career. We can generally enter the free labor economy of the CFB, but isn’t that to paint OSU as racist?” Perry tweeted on Sunday.

“Urban was a tough coach, but he always invested in us as a player and as a person. A window into my experience. “

Meyer, who coached OSU from 2012 to 2018, won the national championship in 2014 with the Backeyes before retiring in December 2018 due to ill health.

Meyer was fired as head coach of the Jaguars last December after a 2-11 record. A number of negative headlines also contributed to his dismissal.

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