JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Former NFL placekicker Josh Lambo has filed a lawsuit in opposition to the Jacksonville Jaguars demanding greater than $3.5 million in wage and damages for emotional misery attributable to former head coach City Meyer.
The Tampa Bay Occasions first reported particulars of the lawsuit, filed Tuesday within the 4th Judicial Circuit Court docket in Duval County, alleging that Meyer and the Jaguars have created a hostile work setting. In accordance with the lawsuit, Lambo says his efficiency suffered from Meyer’s kicking and identify calling.
Lambo is in search of a jury trial and hopes to get a verdict for again wages he owes from his 2021 wage ($3.5 million) with curiosity, in addition to “compensation for any particular damages similar to emotional stress and reputational and litigation prices.” , amongst different prices.
The Jaguars fired Meyer on Dec. 15, hours after the Occasions reported that Meyer had kicked Lambo throughout a follow month earlier. Meyer was fired for good purpose, though the crew insists Lambo’s accusation had nothing to do with proprietor Shad Khan’s determination to finish one of the vital tumultuous teaching spells in NFL historical past.
Since Lambo reported the incident to Jaguars’ authorized counsel, his subsequent launch violated Florida’s Non-public Sector Whistle Blower’s Act, the lawsuit mentioned.
Lambo, the fourth most correct kicker in NFL historical past, missed a discipline purpose in every of Jacksonville’s first two preseason video games. Whereas coaching for the ultimate follow recreation in Dallas in August, Lambo says he stretched when Meyer approached him, kicked him within the leg, and mentioned, “Hey (expletive), get your (expletive) kicks!”
Lambo says he advised Meyer by no means to hit him once more, however Meyer replied with, “I am the top ball coach. I am going to kick you when the (expletive) I need.
In accordance with the lawsuit, Lambo instantly verbally reported the incident by his agent, Richard Irvin, who contacted the Jaguars’ authorized counsel the day after Meyer kicked him.
An employer who bodily beats an worker at work after which threatens to take action once more in response to resistance is prohibited underneath Florida civil and legal legislation, the lawsuit alleges.
Meyer, talking previous to his resignation, denied that the incident occurred as Lambo described it.
“Josh’s characterization of me and this incident is totally inaccurate, and there are eyewitnesses to refute his story,” Meyer mentioned. “(Managing Director) Trent (Baalke) and I’ve met him a number of occasions to encourage his achievements, and this has by no means been introduced up. I absolutely supported Josh throughout his time with the crew and need him nothing however the most effective.”
In accordance with the lawsuit, the incident affected Lambo’s capability to sleep, train and do his job as he had accomplished throughout his seven NFL seasons.
“Mr. Meyer’s hostility had the meant impact on Mr. Lambo, inflicting Mr. Lambo to unusually miss tough and lengthy kicks from the 55-yard, 52-yard and 58-yard runs,” the lawsuit mentioned.
Lambo was launched by the Jaguars on October 19, two days after Matt Wright scored two discipline objectives over 50 yards to beat Miami in London and finish the franchise’s 20-game shedding streak.