JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (CW44 Information At 10 | CNN) — Former Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo is suing the NFL workforce, alleging that former Jaguars head coach City Meyer created a “hostile work surroundings.”
Within the lawsuit, filed within the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court docket in Duval County, Florida on Tuesday, Lambo claimed that in a follow in August, Meyer “kicked him within the leg, and used profanity to insult [him] and warn him to make his kicks. Particularly, [Meyer] allegedly screamed at [Lambo], ‘Hey Dips**t, make your f**king kicks!’”
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Lambo responded to Meyer, in line with the go well with, telling the coach, “‘Don’t you ever f**king kick me once more!’ [Meyer] responded, “I’m the pinnacle ball coach, I’ll kick you every time the f**okay I would like.’”
Based on the Tampa Bay Occasions in December, Meyer denied what Lambo stated was correct.
“Josh’s characterization of me and this incident is totally inaccurate, and there are eyewitnesses to refute his account,” Meyer instructed the paper. “(Common supervisor) Trent (Baalke) and I met with him on a number of events to encourage his efficiency, and this was by no means introduced up. I used to be totally supportive of Josh throughout his time with the workforce and want him nothing however the perfect.”
The lawsuit alleges that Lambo knowledgeable the Jaguars concerning the incident by way of his agent, Richard Irvin, however the workforce “didn’t provoke an investigation” nor “intervene within the shut working situations” between the 2.
The go well with claims that Meyer “initiated a sample of harassment, and created a hostile work surroundings.” The previous coach threatened to chop Lambo, the go well with asserts, “if he ever objected to his conduct or challenged his authority once more.”
The criticism stated that Meyer continued to harass the kicker verbally and used “intimidation ways to distract [him] whereas he practiced kicks.” Lambo “felt the stress” of the coach’s “retaliatory actions, which affected [Lambo’s] means to sleep, follow, and carry out his job as he had in earlier seasons underneath totally different coaches,” per the criticism.
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CNN has reached out to Meyer and the Jaguars for remark.
Jacksonville lower Lambo in October after the kicker missed all three of his field-goal makes an attempt within the first three weeks of the 2021 season. The go well with stated his missed subject objectives “didn’t trigger any losses for the Jaguars.”
Based on the submitting, Lambo’s launch allegedly violated the Florida Non-public Sector Whistle-blower’s Act “regarding assault, battery, and office violence in furtherance of an employer’s curiosity.”
After he was lower, the lawsuit alleges that Lambo “suffered skilled ramifications together with misplaced wages, advantages and different remuneration, in addition to excessive emotional and psychological misery due to the harassment, hostile work surroundings, and retaliation” by the Jaguars.
Lambo is looking for “again pay” damages. Based on Spotrac, Lambo’s wage for the 2021 season was $3.5 million.
The Jaguars fired Meyer in December after solely 13 video games (2-11) in his first NFL teaching season.
On the time of his firing, workforce proprietor Shad Kahn stated in a press release, “Thorough evaluation of everything of City’s tenure with our workforce, I’m bitterly dissatisfied to reach on the conclusion that an instantaneous change is crucial for everybody. I knowledgeable City of the change this night. As I acknowledged in October, regaining our belief and respect was important. Regrettably, it didn’t occur.”
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