Ohio lawmaker accused of ignoring abuse of Ohio State student-athletes

Ohio lawmaker accused of ignoring abuse of Ohio State student-athletes

Ohio lawmaker accused of ignoring abuse of Ohio State student-athletes

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a former standout college wrestler at the University of Wisconsin and later a coach at Ohio State, knew when he was at the university that the doctor was groping male wrestlers, said ex-wrestlers Mike DiSabato and Dunyasha Yetts.

"I am not a ideal person, but ask any of the wrestlers and they will tell you everybody knew about Doc", Yetts said. He said he was surprised Jordan had denied knowing anything about it: "I would say that's kind of hurtful". No question in my mind.

The Times gives context to Jordan's position in the House, describing the Freedom Caucus member as being floated as a potential successor to Paul Ryan as speaker.

Trump made the statement as NBC News reported that Ohio State wrestler Shawn Dailey claimed Jordan was aware that Dailey was repeatedly molested by Dr. Richard Strauss in the mid-90s.

A law firm representing Ohio State University says an investigative team unsuccessfully sought an interview with an Ohio congressman about sex abuse allegations at the university two decades ago. "But nothing -I mean, things they said about me were just flat-out not true". He said Jordan and then-head coach Russ Hellickson spoke with Strauss, who the New York Times reports committed suicide in 2005. Jordan lashed out at several of the accusers, suggesting that they were con-men involved in fraud schemes and that this matter was political.

Jordan spokesman Ian Fury said the email address jim.jordan@mail.house.gov is "non-existent" and does not appear to generate a bounceback error message to those who use it outside the House firewall. "Never heard of abuse", Jordan said.

Jordan's spokesman said the Republican congressman is now working with investigators to set up a meeting.

Jordan attacked his accusers, particularly the first one who came forward, Mike DeSabato.

In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, DiSabato laughed at the notion he was bullying Jordan in any capacity. I believe Jim Jordan 100 percent. "We all did", Dailey told NBC News.

A source in Jordan's office, who described the emails as " freakish, seemingly unhinged", told ABC News the lawmaker received the emails on his personal account and they were turned over by his staff to Capitol Police for their expert assessment.

DiSabato said the video was sent to the school and to Perkins Coie. "It was very common knowledge in the locker room that if you went to Dr. Strauss for anything, you would have to pull your trousers down".

Jordan also took aim at CNN for putting DiSabato on air, given his "criminal record".

The university said its investigation includes "outreach to former student-athletes, coaches and others who may have been affected or may have had knowledge of these alleged incidents".

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