Who is the representative who never wears a jacket as his trademark? Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) came onto the stage as one of Donald Trump’s loudest most obnoxious attack dogs. The former wrestling coach goes after Democrats with all the enthusiasm of a ravenous pit bull going after a steak. So what is the representative up to these days?
Tuesday, the House Civil Justice Committee was investigating sexual attacks on the Ohio State University (OSU) wrestling team. Jordan knew what was happening, but he just turned away as the former OSU doctor Richard Strauss assaulted many on the wrestling team.
The bill before the committee would allow the OCU victims to sue the university for damages, according to The Cleveland.com. Former captain of the team Adam DiSabato, who was sexually molested in the late 80s and early 90s, testified before the House Civil Justice Committee.
The former student wrestler told the committee that Jordan and other officials for the team were well aware of the “open-shower team facilities that facilitated sexual harassment and abuse of team wrestlers.” The representative has denied all allegations.
The former team captain’s brother Michael DiSabato claimed that the doctor’s abuse was common knowledge. Yet, DiSabato’s brother testified that Jordan had called him time and time again in July 2018.
‘Jim Jordan called me crying, groveling… begging me to go against my brother…That’s the kind of cover-up that’s going on there. Are you guys going to do what you’re voted to do?That’s the only reason I’m here.’
Jordan was an assistant coach wrestling team at Ohio State University from 1987 to 1995. The coach has “denied knowledge of lewd behavior at university facilities.”
Adam DiSabato was one of the OSU wrestlers who filed lawsuits against the university. It alleged that the school and by extension the coaches knew of his sexual abuse and ignored it.
Jordan spokesperson Ian Fury released a statement for the representative:
‘Congressman Jordan never saw or heard of any abuse, and if he had he would have dealt with it.’
DiSabato called Jordan out:
‘He’s throwing us under the bus, all of us. He’s a coward.’
DiSabato appeared as a witness for hearings on House Bill 249. That bill would allow Strauss’ victims to sue OSU by waiving the statute of limitations for the case. Otherwise, they could no longer sue.
Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder requested the hearing, because he said that the university’s attorneys were just “dragging their feet in the mediation. An OSU spokesperson called for the new hearing. He claimed that OSU was holding firm:
‘[To] reaching a monetary solution as soon as possible.’
OSU has also investigated the doctor and released its conclusion that the doctor had sexually abused 177 young men at a minimum between 1979 and 1998. Lawsuits from the students claimed he assaulted nearly 350 men. The investigation did not result in any charges. Strauss committed suicide in 2005.
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