NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Zach Smith did several interviews on Friday, shortly after Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer released a statement, saying he was aware of the domestic violence allegations in 2015 and reported them like he was supposed to.Smith said in interviews on Friday that Meyer told him he would be fired “immediately” if he found out that he hit his wife, Courtney Smith.The now-fired Ohio State wide receivers coach claimed in his first public interview since the firing that he never committed domestic violence.“I’ve never committed domestic abuse against her,” Smith told 105.7 The Zone in Columbus.Smith added that their relationship was volatile.“I’ve been purposely quiet since this is all started, because I don’t believe this is the right venue to talk about it. I, by no means, want to come out and throw dirt on Courtney at all. All I can really say is we had a volatile relationship. It was toxic. And by the end of it, it just flat out needed to end.”Shortly after Smith’s interview, college football insider Brett McMurphy dropped this text message from Smith’s ex-wife, which seems to go against what he said.Zach Smith told @1057TheZone he never abused Courtney. Here is text message b/w Zach & Courtney when he admits & apologizes for strangling his wife on Punta Cana trip in March 2015 & again in April pic.twitter.com/GjcjWh6mFT— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 3, 2018Smith has responded to the claims in this message, speaking to ESPN college football reporter Dan Murphy.“Asked Zach Smith about this just now,” Murphy tweeted. “He said he does not recall any altercation between him and Courtney Smith in Punta Cana. He said he had not seen the published image of the text but did not believe it was credible.”Asked Zach Smith about this just now. He said he does not recall any altercation between him and Courtney Smith in Punta Cana. He said he had not seen the published image of the text but did not believe it was credible. https://t.co/re4cdsUpYO— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) August 4, 2018Smith and his ex-wife are set to appear in court in early September. Urban Meyer remains on paid administrative leave at Ohio State.