Jim Jordan Allegations against me aren't true

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. "If I had been, I would have dealt with it".

"I had not heard about any type of abuse at all", Jordan said in the interview, adding that "no one reported any type of abuse" to him. No question in my mind.

Jordan, a Republican member of the House Freedom Caucus who coached wrestling at Ohio State from 1986 to 1994, denied any knowledge of alleged abuse by the team's doctor, Richard Strauss, who died in 2005.

Yesterday, I discussed the allegation that, decades ago, Jim Jordan did not take action to curb sexual harassment of wrestlers he was coaching at Ohio State. The Fox News host pointed out that multiple wrestlers who praised Jordan, also maintained that he definitely knew about the abuse.


But Jordan disputes reports that he ignored an interview request from a law firm the university has employed to investigate the abuse claims.

The conservative firebrand, who has repeatedly denied that he ever knew about the alleged abuse, told reporters Wednesday he was asking the Capitol Police to look into what he called "strange" harassing emails his office received from DiSabato as recently as 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday. "We knew of no abuse. Never heard of abuse", Jordan said.

Rep Jordan's spokesman said Thursday the Republican is working with investigators to set up a meeting. He said that Mr. Jordan asked him not to get him involved.

"Mike wrestled with us, was a friend, but something's changed", Jordan told reporters.


"I think Jim is in a position where he doesn't know what to say now", said DiSabato, blaming Jordan's stance on "terrible advice" from political advisers.

"What happened drove me out of the sport", the former athlete, John Dailey, told NBC News. But those NBC News spoke with say that just isn't so.

Dailey told NBC News, "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", and that Jordan was present when this was discussed.

A partner with Porter Wright Morris & Arthur said the investigative team had in fact contacted Jordan about an interview by email and phone. He recalled an incident where Strauss - whose locker was next to Jordan's - had dressed after a shower to leave the building, but then disrobed and went back in for another one after noticing a favorite athlete entering the shower room.


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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