According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Lambo is suing the Jaguars following Lambo’s allegation that the ex-coach kicked him.
According to Stroud, Lambo is “seeking his $3.5 million salary for 2021, plus damages for emotional distress. The lawsuit says Lambo’s performance suffered as a result of being kicked and verbally abused by then-head coach Urban Meyer.”“The lawsuit, filed in the 4th Judicial Circuit Court in Duval County on Tuesday, claims Meyer and the Jaguars created a hostile work environment,” Stroud wrote. “Since Lambo reported the incident to the Jaguars’ legal counsel, his subsequent release violated Florida’s Private Sector Whistle Blower’s Act, the lawsuit claims.”
The final major story to come out during Meyer’s tenure with the Jaguars was, of course, Lambo’s claims to the Tampa Bay Times that Meyer kicked him during a warmup before the 2021 season. Meyer was fired hours after the story was released, with the Jaguars stating that Meyer’s fiting was several days in the works.
“When you come out and say a player was kicked, that’s not true. That’s not true at all,” Meyer said.
“I certainly did not,” Meyer said. “To say I didn’t tap him with my foot… To kick someone? Come on. I’ve done this 37 years. Kick a player? And you know, the other players came up to me and said, ‘We saw the whole thing.’ Because I’d mostly forgotten about it.”
The Jaguars released Lambo on Oct. 19 last season after he started the preseason in a slump and continued throughout the regular season, eventually being replaced by Matthew Wright after Week 6.
Lambo struggled out of the gate in 2021, missing several kicks in the preseason and then starting 0-for-3 on field goals in the first three games of the season. In Lambo’s final game with the Jaguars, he also missed two extra-point attempts.“I like Josh Lambo, I like his commitment to being a great player. He’s in a slump right now, but there’s also the reality. The reality is you’ve got to put it through the uprights,” Meyer said following Week 4.