Jim Jordan is a questionable character, to say the least, and after being accused by a former Ohio State wrestler Dunyasha Yetts of ignoring a report he made against then team doctor Richard Strauss. It has now become known that the disgraced doctor assaulted and molested nearly 200 young people from the span of 1986 to 1994.
Jordan brushed off the accusations saying that he knew nothing about the crimes taking place while he was assistant coach of the wrestling team, calling the former student’s accusations against him “politically motivated.”
Jordan’s life returned to normal almost instantly, but now, a referee has filed a lawsuit claiming that he told Jordan that Dr Strauss masturbated in front of him in the shower, and Jordan shrugged off the accusation, saying”
“Yeah, yeah, we know.”
“Yeah, that’s Strauss.”
According to NBC News:
The lawsuit was filed by 43 survivors against Ohio State, claiming the university’s “ingrained culture of institutional indifference” enabled Strauss to sexually abuse former students and athletes from a half-dozen other sports.
It cites instances of Strauss “drugging and raping athletes” and said Strauss preyed on underage boys who participated in athletic events on the campus.
One of the underage victims, identified as John Doe 49, said in the court papers he was 14 or 15 years old and participating in an OSU wrestling camp lead by Hellickson when he went to see Strauss for an ingrown toenail. He claims Strauss had him drop his pants, threatened him with a scalpel and was sexually abused after he fainted in fear.
John Doe 42, as he’s named in the lawsuit, says that Jordan did absolutely nothing to stop, or even look into the allegations against the doctor. Doe 42 said this to NBC:
“It was common knowledge what Strauss was doing so the attitude was it is what it is. I wish Jim, and Russ, too, would stand up and do the right thing and admit they knew what Strauss was doing, because everybody knew what he was doing to the wrestlers. What was a shock to me is that Strauss tried to do that to me. He was breaking new ground by going after a ref.”
The man who originally made claims about Jordan also spoke out to NBC after hearing of the second man coming forward. This is what he said:
“It’s good that people are starting to come forward and say the truth, which is that Jordan and the other coaches knew what was going on and they blew it off.”
Forty-three survivors filed the original lawsuit claiming that there’s no way Jim Jordan didn’t know what the doctor was up to because he shared a locker room with the doctor, who died nearly 15 years ago.
Then-head coach Russ Hellickson is accused of saying “OK, I’ll take care of it. Get back to your mat,” when the student who claimed he’d been threatened with a scalpel and assaulted after fainting told Hellickson of the abuse.
Ohio State University released the following statement saying that the school:
“has led the effort to investigate and expose the misdeeds of Richard Strauss and the systemic failures to respond, and the university is committed to a fair resolution.
“The university is actively participating in good faith in the mediation process directed by the federal court,” Johnson continued. “In addition, since February, Ohio State has been covering the cost of professionally certified counseling services and treatment for anyone affected, as well as reimbursing costs for counseling already received.”