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JACKSONVIL, FL (AP) – Former NFL bridgehead Josh Lamba has filed a lawsuit against the Jacksonville Jaguars, demanding more than $ 3.5 million in salary and damages for emotional stress caused by former head coach Urban Meyer.

The Tampa Bay Times first reported the details of the lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in the 4th District Court of Duval and claims that Meyer and Jaguars have created a hostile work environment. According to the lawsuit, Lambeau said his speech was hurt as a result of Meyer kicking and swearing.

Lamba is seeking a jury trial and hopes to receive a decision on arrears of his salary for 2021 ($ 3.5 million) with interest, as well as “compensation for any special losses incurred in the form of emotional stress, damage to reputation and court fees”, among another costs.

The Jaguars fired Meyer on Dec. 15, hours after the Tampa Bay Times reported that Meyer had kicked Lambe in the leg during training months earlier. Meyer was fired for a reason, though the team insists Lambo’s accusation has nothing to do with owner Shad Khan’s decision to end one of the most tumultuous coaching years in NFL history.

As Lamb reported the incident kicking a Jaguars legal counsel, his subsequent release violated the Florida Private Sector Informant Act, the lawsuit said.

Lamb, the fourth most accurate kicker in NFL history, missed an attempt to score in each of Jacksonville’s first two preseason games. In practice, before the final show game in Dallas in August, Lamba says he reached out when Mayer approached him, kicked him in the leg and said, “Hey (swearing), do your (swearing) kicking!”

Lamba says he told Meyer never to beat him again, but Meyer replied, “I’m the head coach on the ball. I will push you if I want (swearing).

The lawsuit alleges that Lamb orally reported the incident immediately through his agent, who contacted Jaguar’s legal counsel the day after Meyer beat Lamb.

The lawsuit alleges that the employer physically assaulted an employee at work and then threatened to do so in response to resistance, unlawfully under Florida civil and criminal law.

Meyer, speaking before the dismissal, denied that the incident happened as described by Lambeau.

“Josh’s characterization of me and this incident is completely inaccurate, and there are eyewitnesses who refute his report,” Meyer said. “(General Manager) Trent (Baalke) and I have met with him many times to encourage his performance, and it has never been mentioned. I fully supported Josh during his work with the team and wish him nothing but the best. “

The lawsuit alleges that the incident affected Lamb’s ability to sleep, practice and do his job the way he did during the NFL’s seven seasons.

“Sir. Meyer’s hostility had an alleged effect on Mr. Lamb, as a result of which Mr. Lamb uncharacteristically missed heavy and long kicks from distances of 55 yards, 52 yards and 58 yards,” the lawsuit said.

Lamb was released by Jaguars on October 19, two days after Matt Wright scored two goals from a game of over 50 yards to beat Miami in London and end the franchise series with 20 defeats.

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