It was what Lambeau said then publicly that caught the attention of so many people. In December 2021, Lambeau claimed that his head coach, Urban Mayer, kicked him in the leg. This, in addition to the alleged activities of Meyer and the Jaguars organization thereafter, is now the subject of a pending lawsuit in Duval County, Florida.
Lambeau is suing the Jacksonville Jaguars over one case. He says the franchise violated Florida’s Private Sector Whistleblower Law, which prohibits an employer from taking any retaliatory action against an employee because the employee has:
(1) Disclose, or threaten to disclose, to any appropriate government agency, under oath, in writing, an employer’s activity, policy, or practice that violates a law, rule, or regulation. However, this subsection does not apply unless the employee, in writing, brings the activity, policy or practice to the attention of the supervisor or employer and has given the employer a reasonable opportunity to correct the activity, policy or practice; (2) provide information or testify before any appropriate agency, person or governmental entity conducting an investigation, hearing, or investigation into an alleged violation of a law, rule or regulation by an employer; or (3) Objection to or refusal to participate in any activity, policy or practice of the Employer that violates a law, rule or regulation.
Lambo specifically claims a third prong violation. He claims that after Mayer kicked him and used profanity towards him, Lambeau told him not to kick him again, to which Mayer replied that he was his headball coach and that he would kick him whenever he wanted. The profanity was extracted from what was the actual dialogue.
Lambeau says that physical hitting of him by Mayer constituted a crime and that Jaguar’s failure to initiate an investigation, interfere with working conditions or report the allegations to the NFL or NFL after Lambeau made the team aware. The situation caused him harm that deserves relief. In fact, according to Lambeau, Meyer escalated his aggressiveness after Lambeau informed members of the organization of Mayer’s behavior and told Lambeau that he would be cut off from the team if he challenged his authority in the future.
Lambeau takes the position that Meyer’s feud resulted in Lambeau missing kicks, but his failure to hit field goals didn’t take any losses to the Jaguars. However, Lambo was cut by the Jaguars and he now wants cash compensation in an amount not less than the amount in arrears he would have otherwise had had his contract not been terminated before its natural expected expiration.
Darin Heitner is the founder Hettner Legal. he is an author How to play the game: What every sports lawyer needs to know, published by the American Bar Association, and is an assistant professor at the University of Florida Levine School of Law. You can reach him via email at [email protected] And follow him on Twitter at Tweet embed.