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7:44 PM ET JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Former Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo filed a lawsuit towards...

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Former Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo filed a lawsuit towards the workforce on Tuesday, alleging that former head coach City Meyer created a hostile work setting, and he is in search of greater than $3.5 million in misplaced wage and extra damages, the Tampa Bay Times is reporting.

The lawsuit within the 4th Judicial Circuit Court docket in Duval County alleges that Lambo’s efficiency suffered after he was verbally and bodily abused by Meyer. It additionally claims that Meyer threatened to launch Lambo after Lambo spoke up in his protection and that an employer placing an worker and threatening to take action once more in retaliation is prohibited in Florida.

When contacted, the Jaguars referred to a press release they launched in December shortly after Lambo’s allegations turned public: “Jaguars authorized counsel certainly acknowledged and responded instantly to the question made by Josh Lambo’s agent Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. Counsel provided to talk with Josh, or to help Josh in talking with teaching or some other soccer personnel, if he was comfy with her sharing the knowledge. Any suggestion in any other case is blatantly false.”

Lambo alleged in a Dec. 15 Tampa Bay Instances story that Meyer kicked him within the leg whereas he was stretching in warm-ups earlier than a observe throughout the week of the ultimate preseason sport. Lambo mentioned Meyer advised him, “Hey Dips—, make your f—ing kicks!” after which kicked him within the leg. Lambo characterised the kick as a 5 out of 10 after which advised the newspaper he advised Meyer: “Do not you ever f—ing kick me once more!” Lambo mentioned Meyer advised him, “I am the pinnacle ball coach. I will kick you every time the f— I need.”

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The lawsuit alleges Lambo advised his agent, Richard Irvin, in regards to the incident and Irvin notified the Jaguars’ authorized counsel the next day.

Lambo had missed two kicks within the preseason earlier than the incident however made each of his area aim makes an attempt within the closing preseason sport towards Dallas. Lambo missed all three of his area aim makes an attempt within the first two regular-season video games towards Houston and Denver.

Lambo missed two PATs towards Arizona in Week Three and Matt Wright served because the Jaguars’ kicker starting in Week 4. He kicked a 54-yard area aim with 3:45 remaining and a 53-yard area aim as time expired to offer the Jaguars a 23-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins in London on Oct. 17. That snapped the Jaguars’ 20-game shedding streak, which was the second-longest in NFL historical past.

The Jaguars launched Lambo on Oct. 19.

Per the Instances, the lawsuit alleges that the bodily and verbal abuse impacted Lambo’s potential to sleep and carry out his job the best way he had throughout his earlier six seasons. Lambo made 81.3% of his area aim makes an attempt in 2015-16 with the Chargers however was minimize earlier than the 2017 season. Lambo signed with the Jaguars in October 2017 and he made 95% of his area aim makes an attempt by the 2020 season — together with going 12-for-13 from 50 yards and past.

Lambo solely performed in 4 video games in 2020 earlier than being positioned on injured reserve with a hip damage. Aldrick Rosas was one in every of six kickers the Jaguars utilized in 2020 to exchange Lambo, and he and Lambo had a coaching camp competitors in 2021 earlier than the Jaguars launched Rosas on July 30.

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Lambo continues to be probably the most correct kicker in Jaguars historical past (91.6%) and he holds workforce information for many consecutive area targets (24) and longest area aim (59 yards, tied with Josh Scobee).

Per the Instances, the lawsuit says Lambo is in search of a jury trial and wish to be awarded again pay from his 2021 wage in addition to compensation for emotional stress, hurt to his repute and authorized charges. Lambo was scheduled to earn $3.5 million in 2021 and was assured to obtain that cash as a vested veteran with greater than 4 years of expertise. Lambo was to earn $Four million in 2022 with the Jaguars.

Lambo earned $14,000 as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ observe squad final season after being minimize by the Jaguars. The Jaguars fired Meyer shortly earlier than 1 a.m. ET on Dec. 16 after simply 13 video games. Proprietor Shad Khan’s spokesman launched a press release to The Related Press that acknowledged Khan had made the choice to fireside Meyer within the hours after the Jaguars’ 20-Zero loss at Tennessee on Dec. 12.