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Daily Distraction: Enjoy this Urban Meyer flip-flop

So it turns out Marcus Williamson was telling the truth

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
FILE - Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer stands on the sideline during the final minutes of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. Urban Meyer's tumultuous NFL tenure ended after just 13 games — and two victories — when the Jacksonville Jaguars fired him early Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021 because of an accumulation of missteps.(AP Photo/Gary McCullough, File)

Over the weekend, Ohio State football player Marcus Williamson announced his retirement from the game, following with a Twitter thread in which he offered candid, sometimes damning insights into his time at the school. Among the most contentious of these was Williamson's claim that a photo of Trayvon Martin was used during a 2017 team meeting as a means of illustrating a "no hoods in the building rule" instituted under former OSU coach Urban Meyer.

Meyer initially disputed the claims, telling reporter Jeff Snook on Sunday that the team did indeed institute a no hoodie rule, but at no point had anyone displayed an image of Martin.

"Our team rule was no hats or hoodies or sunglasses of any kind but only in team meetings, just so we could see their eyes and make sure they were paying attention and not asleep,” Meyer said, per Snook. “We did not, and never would show a picture of Trayvon Martin. My gosh, no. That is absolutely false and you can check with any other player on my teams during that time to confirm what I am saying. Other players know what he is saying is false. I would never do that. He is crossing the line here. It seems people are just piling on now. But that never happened.”

Well... about that.

On Tuesday, Meyer reversed course, telling the Dispatch that, actually, the photo had been used during a team meeting, a fact about which he had been unaware.

“I didn’t know about it until one hour ago, until after talking to [former Ohio State player Tyvis 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's reversal arrived a couple of days after his initial statement had already been weaponized by internet hoards seeking to discredit Williamson and didn't come with a whiff of an apology to his former player. Yep, still the worst.