Former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith defended coach Urban Meyer during a long Twitter rant on Wednesday.
In a series of tweets sent out Wednesday, former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith said Urban Meyer did not apologize to Courtney Smith when the school announced Meyer's three-game suspension "because he knows what's real and would have never apologized."
Zach Smith, who was fired last month in the wake of a report chronicling a history of domestic violence allegations against him, also said Ohio State president Michael Drake "is either the cause of the joke of an 'investigation' or 'punishment' or he allowed it."
Meyer was given a three-game suspension as the result of an investigation commissioned by Ohio State into how he handled previous reported incidents with Zach Smith, who was Meyer's recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach at Ohio State and Florida.
Smith also retweeted multiple messages defending Meyer and tweeted a photo of his children, criticizing multiple media outlets for their reporting.
Silence = over. I tried. But I cant watch 🤡 like @Brett_McMurphy @finebaum & others at @espn continue 2 run their mouths-not only w/o knowledge but w/ complete disregard 4 my children. Their mother had plenty of disregard 4 them in this. Time 4 u all 2 face the damage ur causing— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) August 29, 2018
Not a shield. A reminder to scum like you that your reckless & complete disregard for human beings hurts innocent children. Sorry you viewed it as a shield-but that further proves your ignorance given to you by a laminated piece of cardboard hung around your neck by a lanyard. https://t.co/OyDR8PX42z— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) August 29, 2018
Hey @Brett_McMurphy - quick few questions... because you’re an OUTSTANDING “journalist”— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) August 29, 2018
1. How’d you get that interview with @CoachTomHerman as your first interview at @WatchStadium?
2. How come you didn’t ask him about the alleged strip club incident that you reported about?
Furthermore... @Brett_McMurphy— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) August 29, 2018
3. Did you ask him about the ensuing few days?
4. Have you vetted any credibility in ANY of your reports?
I am waiting for one thing that is accurate beyond a name change or photoshop session. I will see you in court you clown.
Let’s talk FACTS since so many people (mainly opposing fanbase’s fans) want to talk.— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) August 29, 2018
1. My kids are suffering because of all of this (most important)
2. I never beat my wife
3. OSU botched the investigation and worse off the “punishment”
Let’s talk about who was LEGITIMATELY hurt in this:— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) August 29, 2018
1. My children
2. The Buckeye Players
3. Ohio State Staff
4. The fans
Talk about victim shaming! But nobody wants the TRUTH when it comes to stuff like this-Hypocritical people-keep tweeting-you’re hurting innocent people.
It is very hard to be silent when falsehoods & half-truths are said about you and there is no way to defend yourself. I’ve made mistakes in my life but being a domestic abuser is not one of them! I’ll answer every question in court and under oath when the time comes & cant WAIT!— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) August 29, 2018
Oh am I? Brenda... I’ve been a huge supporter of everything you’ve ever done. And so sympathetic to what happened to you. But if you can’t see that things aren’t always black and white, or that there is NEVER a false accusation... you’re really working on your own agenda. https://t.co/yaTviV603J— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) August 29, 2018
Lol wow... you just proved you’re a one sided clown. THEY GOT USED WHEN THEY HAD TO GO TO SCHOOL AND DEAL WITH FALSE ACCUSATIONS AGAIBST THEIR DAD!!!!! Please stop tweeting at me. I used to be a huge fan and supporter... but you just proved you’re not a truth seeker... https://t.co/n7FNz0i99t— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) August 29, 2018
It was previously reported that Zach Smith had at least two encounters with police involving alleged domestic violence incidents with Courtney Smith. In 2009 as a member of Meyer's staff at Florida, Zach Smith was arrested for aggravated battery of his then-wife, who at the time was two months pregnant. Charges were not filed in that case.
In October 2015, Zach Smith was investigated by police for assault and domestic violence against Courtney Smith, but once again, charges were not filed.
As the university's investigation was going on, it was reported that Zach Smith was arrested in February 2013 for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
Additionally, as part of the investigation, Ohio State uncovered and released text messages sent between Courtney Smith and Meyer's wife Shelley that allude to the abuse. Shelley Meyer sent one message to Courtney Smith that read, "I am praying for you!!! I wouldn't listen to him anyway. He doesn't talk to anyone about you. I know the truth. Please take care of yourself and let me know what I could help."
College football reporter Brett McMurphy had previously tweeted out a screenshot of a text exchange between Zach Smith and Courtney Smith in which Zach Smith apologized for strangling his wife during a trip, lying to her and cheating on her.
Ohio State opens its season against Oregon State on Sept. 1. While Meyer is suspended, offensive coordinator Ryan Day will serve as the interim head coach.