So, another former Ohio State wrestler has come forward to accuse Jim Jordan of knowing and ignoring sexual abuse of male athletes by the team doctor. These incidents reportedly occurred in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.
Jordan worked as an assistant coach for the wrestling team from 1986 to 1994, before becoming a U.S. Representative for the 4th congressional district of Ohio.
Richard Strauss the accused doctor was the team’s doctor from 1981 to 1995, in 2005 he committed suicide. However, earlier this year several former wrestlers went to the university, after gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar conviction. Mike DiSabato was the first to inform the university that Strauss sexually assaulted 15 student-athletes while he was at OSU.
According to some of the wrestlers Jordan had knowledge of what was happening but turned a blind eye to the incidences. David Range who was on the wrestler team in the late ‘80s told the Washington Post that there was no way that Jordan didn’t know what was happening because team members and others talked about it openly. Range stated that: “Jordan definitely knew that these things were happening–yes, most definitely.” Furthermore, “We talked about it all the time in the locker room” with Jordan present, Range added. “Everybody joked about it and talked about it all the time.”
Jordan has denied any knowledge about the alleged abuse, he’s hoping to become the next Speaker of the House once Paul Ryan retires. His office released a statement, “Congressman Jordan never saw any abuse, never heard about any abuse, and never had any abuse reported to him during his time as a coach at Ohio State.”
This past Friday Jordan told Bret Baier of Fox News that he believes that two of the former wrestlers have a personal ‘vendetta” against him and are trying to tarnish his reputation. But what about the other five? “Conversations in a locker room are a lot different than allegations of abuse or reported abuse,” he said, adding that “no one ever reported any abuse to me.”
Ohio State University is currently investigating the charges. To date, the university has interviewed 150 people and will release its official finding later this year.