The #MeToo movement continues to grow and develop across the United States as interests around the country grapple with an array of manifestations of the issues of sexual misconduct. One such interest enveloped in such a conversation is the Ohio State University wrestling program, in which the now GOP U.S. Representative Jim Jordan served as an assistant coach in the 1990s.
He has been claimed recently to have known about sexual abuse being perpetrated against athletes while he worked at Ohio State, although he has denied the claims. Now, there is a fourth former wrestler who has come forward, backing up other former college athletes and asserting that Jordan knew about the abuse carried out by the team doctor, Richard Strauss.
Shawn Dailey told NBC News:
‘I participated with Jimmy and the other wrestlers in locker-room talk about Strauss. We all did. It was very common knowledge in the locker room that if you went to Dr. Strauss for anything, you would have to pull your pants down… To say that he had no knowledge of it, I would say that’s kind of hurtful’
Although Jordan has managed to even attract the support of President Trump in his denials of knowledge of the abuse, he may face accountability for his reported knowledge anyway. He can’t get out of it that easily.
The Perkins Coie law firm is conducting an investigation into allegations against Strauss for Ohio State, and they’ve already interviewed more than 150 individuals with some possible knowledge of or stake in the situation. (Strauss, for the record, is dead.)
Dailey says that what Jordan knew about the abuse is among the topics being explored by the law firm, which he knows because he himself was interviewed.
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