Former OSU Football Coach Urban Meyer Admitted Picture Of Trayvon Martin Was Used To Enforce 'No Hoodie' Policy
Meyer initially denied the accusations.
January 07, 2022 at 3:17 pm
Former Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer admitted that a photo of Trayvon Martin was used to implement a "no hoodie" policy with the university's football team.
Meyer, who initially denied the accusation on Sunday to an Ohio State reporter, recanted his statement.
"I didn't know about it until one hour ago, until after talking to [former Buckeyes safety Tyvis Powell]," Meyer said to The Columbus Dispatch on Tuesday. "I wasn't there [in the meeting]. None of the coaches were present. It was a support staffer who was in error and apologized."
When the coach initially denied the use of the photo, he told Jeff Snook, an Ohio State reporter, "We did not and never would show a picture of Trayvon Martin." At the time, he added that the team did, however, have a "no hoodies" policy during team meetings.
"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," Meyer said.
Former Ohio State defensive back Marcus Williamson detailed the incident in an extensive Twitter thread where he elaborated on how educational institutions mistreat Black student-athletes. In his tweets, he also called out Meyer.