On Tuesday, three months after Ohio State University agreed to investigate allegations of sexual assault by the late Dr. Richard Strauss, the wrestling team’s physician, three former Buckeye wrestlers came forward to say that then-coach Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH), knew about the abuse within the program and failed to end it.
Now, on Thursday, a fourth wrestler also came forward to say that Rep. Jim Jordan knew about the abuse. Sadly, even as more players seem to be coming forward, it is not shocking that Mr. Trump himself defended Jordan on Tuesday, saying that he “100 percent” believes Rep. Jordan’s claims that he knew nothing about the sexual abuse by Richard Strauss.
‘Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I’ve met since I’ve been in Washington. I believe him 100 percent. No question in my mind.’
According to NBC News:
‘The wrestler, Shawn Dailey, said he was groped half a dozen times by Dr. Richard Strauss in the mid-1990s, when Jordan was the assistant wrestling coach. Dailey said he was too embarrassed to report the abuse directly to Jordan at the time, but he said Jordan took part in conversations where Strauss’ abuse of many other team members came up.’
According to NBC News:
‘Jordan, who was assistant wrestling coach at the university from 1986 to 1994, has repeatedly said he knew nothing of the abuse until former students began speaking out this spring, and continued to deny it on Tuesday. His denials, however, have been met with skepticism and anger from some former members of the wrestling team.’
‘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.’
NBC News reported:
‘Dailey corroborated the account of one of those wrestlers, Dunyasha Yetts, who told NBC News that Yetts had protested to Jordan and head coach Russ Hellickson after Strauss tried to pull down his wrestling shorts when Yetts went to see him for a thumb injury.’
‘Dunyasha comes back and tells Jimmy, “Seriously, why do I have to pull down my pants for a thumb injury?” Jimmy said something to the extent of, “If he tried that with me, I would kill him.”‘
Dailey mentioned that he is a Republican and contributed to Jordan’s first political campaign for state representative in 1994. However, he was surprised that Jordan denied any knowledge of what happened. Dailey said:
‘What happened drove me out of the sport. So I was surprised to hear Jim say that he knew nothing about it.’
Dailey went on to say:
‘Jimmy’s a good guy. But to say that he had no knowledge of it, I would say that’s kind of hurtful.’
In addition, another former wrestler, Mark Coleman, told The Wall Street Journal on Thursday:
‘There’s no way unless he’s got dementia or something that he’s got no recollection of what was going on at Ohio State.’
Former wrestler Mike Disabato’s allegations first prompted the investigation of Jim Jordan. Disabato said:
‘I considered Jim Jordan a friend. But at the end of the day, he is absolutely lying if he says he doesn’t know what was going on.’
Strauss served as the wrestling team’s doctor from the mid 1970’s to the late 1990’s, and died in 2005.
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