Kicker sues NFL Jaguars, accuses ex-coach Urban Meyer of physical and verbal abuse

Former NFL placekicker Josh Lambo has filed a lawsuit against the Jacksonville Jaguars, seeking more than $3.5 million in salary and damages for the emotional distress caused by former head coach Urban Mayer.

The Tampa Bay Times first reported details of the lawsuit, which was filed in the Duval County 4th Circuit Court on Tuesday and claims Meyer and the Jaguars created a hostile work environment. According to the lawsuit, Lambo says his performance suffered from Meyer’s kicking and verbal abuse.

Josh Lambo is getting a listening ear from Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer after missing a field goal last season.

Lambo is seeking a jury trial and hopes to obtain judgment for back wages owed on his 2021 salary ($3.5 million) with interest as well as “compensation for any special damages suffered in the form of emotional stress, d ‘damage to reputation and legal costs’, among other costs.

The Jaguars fired Meyer on Dec. 15, hours after the Tampa Bay Times reported that Meyer had kicked Lambo in practice months earlier. Meyer was fired for cause, although the team insists Lambo’s accusation had nothing to do with owner Shad Khan’s decision to end one of the most tumultuous coaching tenures in NFL history.

Since Lambo reported the kicking incident to Jaguars legal counsel, his subsequent release violated Florida’s private sector whistleblower law, the lawsuit alleges.

Lambo, the fourth-most accurate kicker in NFL history, missed a field goal attempt in each of Jacksonville’s first two preseason games. During a practice before the final exhibition game in Dallas in August, Lambo says he was stretching when Meyer walked up to him, kicked him in the leg and said, “Hey. (expletive), do your (expletive) kicks!”

Lambo says he told Meyer never to hit him again, but Meyer replied, “I’m the head ball coach. I’ll kick you when (expletive) I want.

The lawsuit says Lambo verbally reported the incident immediately through his agent, who contacted Jaguars legal counsel the day after Meyer kicked Lambo.

An employer physically hitting an employee at work and then threatening to do so again in response to resistance is illegal under Florida civil and criminal law, according to the lawsuit.

Meyer, speaking before his firing, denied that the incident happened as Lambo described it.

“Josh’s characterization of me and this incident is completely inaccurate, and there are eyewitnesses to refute his account,” Meyer said. “(General Manager) Trent (Baalke) and I met him on several occasions to encourage his performance, and it was never brought up. I fully supported Josh during his time with the team and I do not wish the best.

The lawsuit claims the incident affected Lambo’s ability to sleep, train and perform his job as he had during his seven seasons in the NFL.

“Mr. Meyer’s hostility had its intended effect on Mr. Lambo, causing Mr. Lambo to uncharacteristically miss difficult and long kicks at distances of 55 yards, 52 yards and 58 meters,” according to the lawsuit.

Lambo was released by the Jaguars on October 19, two days after Matt Wright scored two 50-plus-yard field goals to beat Miami in London and end the franchise’s 20-game losing streak.


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