Trump Defends Jim Jordan Over Ohio State Abuse Allegations

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

An investigation into allegations that US Rep. Jim Jordan (D-OH), among others, turned a blind eye to the abuse of athletes by a physician at Ohio State University just surfaced in public this week.

Jordan, whose name has been floated as a possible successor to retiring House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, has said since Ohio State announced in April that it was investigating former team doctor Richard Strauss that he was previously unaware of the molestation allegations.

The allegations were reported on Tuesday by NBC News, which said Jordan was the assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State from 1986 to 1994.

I've talked to other coaches, and they didn't know of any abuse. Jordan told Fox that the requests never reached him, calling claims he failed to reply "ridiculous". No question in my mind. I believe him. Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I've met since I've been in Washington. "He's an outstanding man". Yetts says it was far from the only discussion players had with Jordan, and that it was commonly known Strauss showered with players though he didn't work out.

"If I did, I would have done something about it", Jordan said.

"We knew of no abuse, never heard of abuse".

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.

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Earlier in the week, NBC first reported that former wrestlers said Jordan knew of alleged abuse by Strauss. He said in an interview on Tuesday that he had confided in Mr. Jordan multiple times about "the way Strauss performed physicals on us".

A spokesman for Mr. Jordan, a founder of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus who represents a solidly Republican district in OH, said the congressman was unaware of any abuse.

Before meeting with university officials, he said, he had contacted Mr. Jordan, with whom he said he spoke regularly.

Jordan has said he only learned about the abuse allegations this spring, when former students began speaking out. It's not the story of Michigan State University and Larry Nassar but that of Ohio State-and the allegations are touching a "powerful" Republican congressman. "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".

"... You have the accusations going back more than a decade against Jim Jordan". If not, it's even money as to whether the politicization of the scandal becomes a big problem for Jim Jordan, or creates a right-wing groundswell to make him the next Speaker.

Dailey said it was "hurtful" Jordan is denying any knowledge of the alleged abuse.

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