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Ex-Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo sues former coach Urban Meyer for $3.5million in lost salary and damages

FORMER Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo is suing his ex-coach Urban Meyer.

The NFL star, 31, is currently a free agent after leaving Jacksonville in October 2021.

Lambo claims that former head coach Urban Meyer swore and kicked himCredit: Getty Images - Getty
The ex-Jags star is the most accurate kicker in franchise historyCredit: Alamy Live News
Meyer was alleged to have kicked Lambo during a pre-season warmupCredit: AP

Last December, Lambo alleged that Meyer had kicked and verbally abused him during team practice.

The allegations played a pivotal role in Meyer's eventual firing by the Jags, who went on to finish the regular season 3-14.

Lambo claimed that Meyer kicked him in the leg during pre-season warmups.

He alleges Meyer said "Hey dips**t, make your f***ing kicks", before giving him a kick which Lambo described as '5 out of 10' in terms of aggression.

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Lambo told the Tampa Bay Times on December 15 that he responded: "Don't you f***ing kick me ever again!".

To which Meyer allegedly fired back: "I'm the head ball coach. I'll kick you whenever the f*** I want."

According to the Times, Lambo is seeking a jury trial and wants to be awarded back pay from his 2021 salary.

The kicker also wants compensation from Meyer for emotional stress, harm to his reputation and legal fees.

The lawsuit says Lambo reported the incident to his agent Richard Irvin, who contacted the Jaguars’ legal counsel the day after Meyer kicked him.

Lambo was scheduled to earn $3.5m in 2021, with his salary set to rise in 2022 to $4m.

He claims that the physical and verbal abuse impacted his game performance and caused him sleepless nights.

Lambo is statistically the best kicker in Jaguars history having made 91.6% of his attempts.

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He also has the franchise record for longest field goal streak (24) and longest field goal (59 yards).

Meyer was sacked from his position as head coach following a 20-0 defeat against Tennessee on December 12, 2021.

Speaking prior to his dismissal, Meyer gave a different version of events to Lambo's.

He said: "Josh’s characterization of me and this incident is completely inaccurate, and there are eyewitnesses to refute his account.

"Trent (Baalke) and I met with him on multiple occasions to encourage his performance, and this was never brought up.

"I was fully supportive of Josh during his time with the team and wish him nothing but the best.”

Meyer won just two of 13 matches with the Jags during the 2021 seasonCredit: AP