JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP)-Former NFL placekicker Josh Lambo has filed a lawsuit against the Jacksonville Jaguars, seeking more than $ 3.5 million in salary and damages for emotional distress caused by former head coach Urban Meyer.
The Tampa Bay Times first reported the details of the lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in Duval County’s 4th Judicial Circuit Court and claims Meyer and the Jaguars created an unhealthy work environment. According to the lawsuit, Lambo said his performance suffered from Meyer’s kicking and verbal abuse.
Lambo is seeking a jury verdict and hopes to be given a verdict for back pay owed from his 2021 salary ($ 3.5 million) with interest as well as “compensation for any special damages sustained as emotional distress. os and damage to reputation and litigation fees, “and so on. cost.
The Jaguars fired Meyer on Dec. 15, hours after the Tampa Bay Times reported Meyer kicked Lambo during a practice session months ago. Meyer was fired with reason, even if the team insisted Lambo’s accusation had nothing to do with owner Shad Khan’s decision to end one of the most turbulent teaching management in NFL history.
Because Lambo reported the incident to the Jaguars ’legal kicking attorney, his subsequent release violated Florida’s Private Sector Whistle Blower’s Act, the lawsuit says.
Lambo, the fourth most accurate kicker in NFL history, missed a field-goal attempt in each of Jacksonville’s first two preseason games. At a practice before the last game at the Dallas show in August, Lambo said he was stretching when Meyer approached him, kicked him in the leg and said, “Hey (expletive), do your ( expletive) kicks! “
Lambo said he told Meyer he would never hit again, but Meyer replied, “I’m the head ball coach. I kick you whenever (expletive) I want.
The lawsuit alleges that Lambo immediately told Lambo of the incident through his agent, who contacted the Jaguars’ legal attorney the day after Meyer kicked Lambo.
An employer physically beat an employee at work, then threatened to do it again in response to resistance than being illegal under Florida civil and criminal law, the lawsuit claimed.
Meyer, who spoke before his shooting, denied that the incident happened as Lambo described.
“Josh’s attitude towards me and this incident was completely inaccurate, and there were witnesses who denied his account,” Meyer said. “(General manager) Trent (Baalke) and I met with him on many occasions to encourage his performance, and it was never said. I fully support Josh during his time with the team and I hope nothing but the best.
The lawsuit alleges the incident affected Lambo’s ability to sleep, practice and do his job the way he did during his seven NFL seasons.
“Mr. Meyer’s anger had a deliberate effect on Mr. Lambo, resulting in Mr. Lambo was unmanageable missing on hard and long kicks from the ranges of 55 yards, 52 yards and 58 yards, ”according to the lawsuit.
Lambo was released by the Jaguars on Oct. 19, two days after Matt Wright scored two 50-plus-yard field goals to beat Miami to London and end a 20-game losing streak in the franchise.
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