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Former Ohio State coach Meyer blames support staffer for Trayvon Martin photo

Former Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer blamed a support staffer for using a photo of Trayvon Martin during a team meeting. 

In an interview with The Columbus Dispatch newspaper, Meyer explained that a support staffer used the photo of the deceased teenager, adding he did not know about it before a former player of his relayed the past incident. 

Meyer previously told sports writer Jeff Snook on Sunday that the photo incident “never happened,” according to the Ohio newspaper. 

“I didn’t know about it until one hour ago, until after talking to (Powell),” Meyer said 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.” 

Meyer, who was recently fired from his head coaching job with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars last month, also said playing the race card is unfair for the school, adding that he advocates for his own players than any other football program in the country. 

“My biggest thing is you use that ‘R’ word (racism) and it doesn’t matter if it’s true or not, people run with it,” Meyer said.

In a Twitter thread, former Ohio State defensive back Marcus Williamson shared his initial experience with the football program and his relationship with Meyer. 

Williamson also detailed an incident in which the team presented a photo of a hoodie-wearing Martin, an unarmed Black teenager who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in 2012. 

“My first team meeting. (True story 2017) This photo was presented to us via PowerPoint to institute our building wide rule of “no hoods” in the building,” Williamson, who spent four years with the program, wrote in a tweet. 

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