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Tuesday’s Mashup: Ohio State fans rip ESPN at Urban Meyer rally

Lucy Burdge
August 07, 2018 - 7:33 am

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AROUND THE WEB:

-- Ohio State fans held a rally on Monday in support of coach Urban Meyer and many of the signs they held made it look like an anti-ESPN rally.

Jeff Hamms, known to OSU fans as “Tennessee Jeff,” organized the event to support Meyer after the school placed him on leave last week amid an investigation into domestic violence allegations against former assistant Zach Smith. Smith was fired in July.

“Bring your signs, paint your face, do whatever you’ve got to do — we want to be heard, we want our coach back,” Hamms said in a video posted to his Facebook account on Sunday. “Obviously, he’s done nothing wrong. You don’t get fired for lying to the media.”

A “Save Urban Meyer” petition was posted to Change.org on Thursday and is close to reaching its goal of 35,000 signatures.

“Urban Meyer is on the hot seat and can be wrongfully fired from Ohio State it is up to us Buckeye Nation to help him not just for him but for THE Ohio State University and the great state of Ohio!,” the petition reads.

The question is how long Meyer knew about the allegations against Smith. Meyer released a statement days ago in which he said he has "always followed proper reporting protocols and procedures when I have learned of an incident involving a student-athlete, coach or member of our staff."  

-- LeBron James has been busy with a variety of projects lately and he’s adding one more endeavour to the list.

The new Laker is set to  produce a Showtime documentary series called “Shut Up and Dribble,” the network announced on Monday.

The title of the series was inspired by Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham’s rant in February after the Golden State Warriors declined an invitation to visit Donald Trump at the White House to celebrate their NBA Finals win. She said then the players should just “shut up and dribble” rather than speak out politically.

The series is set to premiere in October and will feature NBA players and explore the roles athletes play in society.

“If being a star athlete is inherently a political experience, ‘Shut Up and Dribble’ tells that complex and dramatic story from the past to the present and from the inside out,” Showtime CEO David Nevins said on Monday. “LeBron James is one of many competitors whose place in the spotlight has led not to silence but perspective, and he, Maverick Carter and Gotham Chopra have given us an important, insightful docuseries that should bring their fans and fellow citizens to a higher level of discourse, rather than the dismissal satirized in the title.”

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