Urban Meyer was fired as head coach of the Jaguars in 13 games of the 2021 season after a string of controversial incidents.
Kicker Josh Lambo is suing the Jacksonville Jaguars alleging that former head coach Urban Meyer created a hostile work environment that contributed to his suffering on the field, the Tampa Bay Times reported Tuesday.
The Lambo allegation, which became public in December, was the final straw for Meyer, as Jacksonville fired him the same day, after 13 games in his first season with the team.
“I’m in a lunge position. Left foot forward, right foot back,” Lambo told the Tampa Bay Times. “…Urban Meyer, while I’m in a stretched position, comes up to me and says, ‘Hey, Dips**t, do your fucking kicks!’ And hit me in the leg.”
Now Lambo is seeking his $3.5 million salary for 2021 with interest and non-pecuniary damages.
Lambo’s lawsuit alleges that he reported the incident to Jaguars legal counsel through his agent. He was fired from the team in October, which Lambo claimed violated a Florida law protecting whistleblowers in the private sector.
The Jaguars told the Tampa Bay Times that their legal counsel offered to meet with Lambo about the incident, but Lambo said that was not true.
Currently a free agent, Lambo has played in 78 games over seven NFL seasons for the then-San Diego Chargers (2015–16) and Jaguars (2017–21). His 87.1 percent career field goal attempt ranks sixth in league history.
Meyer has not faced any other NFL or college team since his departure from Jacksonville. Reports released late last month said he was in talks to return to work at Fox.