Ohio State Disputes Claim That Zach Smith Used a Racial Slur in an Altercation With Former Wide Receiver Trevon Grimes

By 11W Staff on November 13, 2018 at 11:09 am
Players Deny McMurphy's report.

In a story published by Stadium’s Brett McMurphy on Tuesday morning, former Ohio State wide receiver Trevon Grimes’ father LeBron told McMurphy that former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith used a racial slur against Grimes during an altercation in September 2017, and that Grimes (who now plays at Florida) chose to transfer from Ohio State for that reason.

LeBron Grimes also alleged in McMurphy’s story that Urban Meyer was aware of the altercation, and that his trip to visit Trevon and his mother in Florida last October – for which he canceled a scheduled Monday press conference – was because “Trevon threatened them (to go public with the altercation and alleged racial slur) like Zach threatened Trevon (at Ohio State).”

In a statement released by Ohio State on Tuesday, the university said it "unequivocally and vehemently disputes the unfounded allegations by Brett McMurphy."

The Ohio State University unequivocally and vehemently disputes the unfounded allegations by Brett McMurphy. Any allegations of racism are outrageous and false. The university told McMurphy that we have found no evidence to support these allegations. Reporting in this manner is irresponsible, inflammatory and a severe invasion of privacy of a student athlete and his family as well as a baseless personal attack on Coach Meyer. It is regrettable that McMurphy and his employer would use such poor judgment in running this inaccurate story.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith told McMurphy that the university looked into the allegations and “found no evidence that there was a physical altercation or racially charged remarks between Zach Smith and Trevon Grimes,” and said that Meyer’s visit to Trevon and his mother Leah Grimes, who battled cancer last year, was “because Leah was struggling with her health and they were going through a very stressful time.”

Former Ohio State wide receiver Elijaah Goins and current Ohio State wide receiver Jaylen Harris also denied to McMurphy that Smith used a racial slur toward Grimes.

Shortly after the story was published Tuesday morning, several other current Ohio State wide receivers took to Twitter to vehemently deny the accusations against Smith and Meyer, including Johnnie Dixon, Parris Campbell and Austin Mack.

Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell, who was among the players who went with Meyer to visit Grimes and his mother last October, also denied the alleged use of a racial slur.

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