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Kristina Miller: Mother of Ohio State recruit, domestic abuse survivor stands by Urban Meyer

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Kristina Miller, mother of Ohio State commit Harry Miller, has spoken out about domestic violence issues. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Kristina Miller: Mother of Ohio State recruit, domestic abuse survivor stands by Urban Meyer

Kristina Miller has lived through the abuse and survived.

She is certainly not an apologist for domestic abuse.

As the mother of a five-star recruit committed to Ohio State, Kristina Miller has gotten to know Urban Meyer.

She doesn’t see the coach of the Buckeyes as excusing domestic violence, either.

The three-game suspension handed down to Meyer on Wednesday has obviously drawn no shortage of attention to how the Buckeyes have chosen to handle a difficult situation. The three-week long investigation into Meyer’s role in a potential coverup of domestic violence allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith found little to implicate Ohio State of that crime. What was found, though, was that Meyer provided shelter and questionable loyalty to Smith during a series of transgressions throughout his Ohio State career, any number of which could have justifiably resulted in his termination over the last few years.

As the shockwaves from Meyer’s punishment have resonated across the country, a number of Ohio State commitments and their parents have begun to voice their support of Meyer. But perhaps nobody has been more vocal than Miller.

Almost any defense of Meyer has predictably drawn some criticism from fans of schools around the nation who have responded by leveling accusations of victim-shaming Zach Smith’s ex-wife, Courtney Smith. But having endured the abuse herself and understanding fully what it’s like to be on the other side of this ugly issue, Miller is using her voice to speak out and making it clear that she wouldn’t be sending her son to Ohio State if there was any doubt about Meyer condoning violence.

Miller wanted to make sure that her words weren’t parsed on the matter and forwarded her thoughts, perspective and experience to Lettermen Row. kristina miller harry miller mom-harry miller ohio state-kristina miller buford georgia

As the mother of a highly-touted prospect, Kristina Miller has heard all kinds of nasty comments during the recruiting process and is clearly strong enough to handle it.

Her message is not to shame victims of domestic violence, but to underscore that as woman who has lived it, she would never entrust her son to Urban Meyer if she had any doubt about his character. It’s also dangerous to rush to judgment or label people as domestic abusers or enablers until all the facts are established.

Ohio State failed in many ways during Wednesday night’s press conference, and it certainly could have emphasized that there is never an excuse for domestic violence. There’s also no reason to refuse to hear both sides of a story, and there might not be anybody who understands that better than Kristina Miller.

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MARK MINES

Excellent perspective by Kristina Miller. Blessings to her for surviving and being able to move on and move forward with her life.

For her to relive those horrible atrocities by writing this, shows her strength and most importantly belief in Urban Meyer.

Christine Fusner
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Christine Fusner

You are AMAZING. Thank you for being brave enough to come and tell your story and thank you for believing in a good man, Urban Meyer.

jbirmmd
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jbirmmd

Beautifully and powerfully written. It is an amazing thing to watch how the mass media and social media can take a snap shot of 9 years of another person’s life and assume to know everything they were thinking and plotting during that time. Having also been in the thick of many interpersonal crises over the years, I can tell you it is an imperfect process and there is little doubt all of us make mistakes when trying to navigate these things while living in the middle of it. But loyalty to friends, family, mentors, and just the craziness of every… Read more »

buckeyedude
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buckeyedude

Nice post Kristna, but also to you jbirmmd. We’re ALL human; we’re all sinners. We make mistakes. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone(looking at you haters and media).

Phil Apfel
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Phil Apfel

Kristina, thank you so much for sharing that, I was crying while I was reading this to my daughter, that just got married. I am so proud of you for coming forward with your story. I only hope that the rest of the media that has been so one sided may now see a different side to Urban Meyer.

Buckeye Phan
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Buckeye Phan

That letter is so powerful and well written. Amazing insight into an issue most of us know nothing about.

Thank you Kristina Miller

Winn Shoal
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Winn Shoal

Well said, Kristina Miller. Thank you!

And Lettermen Row will make a lot of friends from the Buckeye Nation with positive articles like this. Many of us are sick and tired of hatchet jobs by the so-called Buckeye sports writers who sound like Finebaum most of the time.

Meatchicken Sux
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Meatchicken Sux

Bless you Kristina!

Ace
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Ace

Wonderful perspective. She knows that domestic violence should never be swept under the rug even if it comes from a grandson of a coaching friend.

Birm

Birm is Lettermen Row's Director of Recruiting and the site's primary Ohio State sports photographer. A Toledo, Ohio native, Jeremy has been in similar roles for elevenwarriors.com and Landof10.com and has been covering the Buckeyes for seven years.

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