Did powerful GOP Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) know about, and assist in covering up, the alleged abuse of male wrestlers he coached over 20 years ago at OSU?
It's looking more and more like he knew the athletes were being molested by Dr. Richard Strauss (who died in 2005), and that Jordan — the assistant wrestling coach from '86-'94 — turned a blind eye.
Via NBC News:
Three former wrestlers told NBC News that it was common knowledge that Strauss showered regularly with the students and inappropriately touched them during appointments, and said it would have been impossible for Jordan to be unaware; one wrestler said he told Jordan directly about the abuse.
Former head coach Russ Hellickson, Jordan's mentor, said in a recent video — made by Mike DiSabato, a former wrestler — that Hellickson had told Strauss that he was being too "hands-on” with students.
DiSabato, whose allegations against Strauss prompted Ohio State to open its investigation, called Jordan a “liar.”
“I considered Jim Jordan a friend,” DiSabato said. “But at the end of the day, he is absolutely lying if he says he doesn’t know what was going on.”
DiSabato said he reached out to Jordan this year, before going to the university, to tell Jordan that he planned to go public with his allegations. Jordan told him to “please leave me out of it,” DiSabato said. “He asked me not to get him involved.”
Let's hope this brings Jordan down.