'At war with evil:' Urban Meyer's daughter, Gigi, defends her father on Instagram

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Gigi Meyer went to Instagram on Thursday to defend her father, former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who was fired Wednesday by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Gigi Meyer, who according to her Instagram account is the CEO of GFIT, compared the firing of her father to a declaration of war in one post.

"The spirit of the enemy is in full force battle mode in this world & in people," she posted. "This is war. But like I said... We all know who wins in the end.” She added prayer and cross emojis.

“The enemy (aka the world) REALLY doesn't wanna see good people win. & you can argue whether my dad is a ‘good person‘ or not based on what you see in the media (a super reliable source of info as we know. Anyone who truly knows us knows how incredible he is as a person. & the world hates any platform we have, so he's going to create chaos to destroy it. Little does he know he's making it stronger it's not over. Keep watching.”

Gigi Meyer Instragram
Gigi Meyer Instragram

She added that in defending her father, she was releasing "the kraken in me."

Gigi Meyer said the media was twisting her words in another post, and that she wished the organization the best.

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Gigi Meyer Instagram post
Gigi Meyer Instagram post

She clarified that she was "at war with evil" and she was going to continue to speak up for her father.

She posted again and said there was nothing to defend because "love wins every time."

Last week, Jaguars owner Shad Khan hinted in an interview with the Associated Press that many of the Urban Meyer headlines could have been coming because of the coach's past success, saying: "And when you win in football, you create enemies. The only way you can really deal with that is you got to win again.”

Khan fired Meyer a few days later after yet another story about the coach surfaced.

Gigi Meyer added in an other Instagram Story post that she "Woke up feeling grateful that the purpose of our lives are much greater than just football & winning games."

Meyer, Jaguars, a rough marriage from the start

Urban Meyer, who retired from Ohio State in December 2018, was hired to coach the league's worst team in early 2021. He had won three national championships at the college level, including one at Ohio State. But his stops at Florida and in Columbus weren't without off-field controversies, which led to speculation that Jacksonville was making a mistake hiring Meyer, who at the time was a FOX Sports college football analyst.

Meyer told The Columbus Dispatch in February:

“I’m just training myself. The expectations are at Ohio State that you can’t lose one. Expectations are different (in the NFL). To say I’m going to enjoy it and accept it? No. I’m training myself because it will happen. We’re going to do all we can not to, but the reality is that will happen and probably more frequently than I’ve ever experienced.”

And then the off-field issues began.

Meyer hired a strength and and conditioning coach, Chris Doyle, who had been fired at Iowa for accusations of using racist language. Meyer was fined by the NFL for using COVID-19 vaccination status as a factor for roster cuts and he used one roster spot to sign his former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow as a tight end. Tebow, unsurprisingly, was among the first cuts.

Once the season started, it was a disaster on and off the field. Meyer was caught on social media in a Columbus bar in October dancing with a woman who was not his wife, and the team was struggling mightily on the field.

Reports of Meyer being abusive to his coaching staff and making odd decisions with player roles began to surface in December.

Jacksonville fired Meyer as the team had a 2-11 record and the No.1 pick in the 2021 draft, Trevor Lawrence, was struggling under center.

This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Gigi Meyer, daughter of Urban Meyer, after NFL firing: 'this is war'