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Ex-Wrestlers: Rep. Jim Jordan Knew Of Sexual Abuse While Coaching Team At Ohio State

July 03, 2018 - 2:39 pm

COLUMBIS, OHIO (1010WINS/AP) -- Ohio congressman Jim Jordan is in the hot seat -- but it's not related to his career as a Republican politician.

It stems from his time as an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University.

Two former wrestlers at Ohio State University claim Jordan is not being truthful when he says he was not aware of allegations that team doctor Richard Strauss was abusing athletes. Strauss died in 2005.

Mike DiSabato and Dunyasha Yetts, both of whom wrestled at the university in the 1990s, say Jordan knew at the time that the doctor was groping male wrestlers. 

"I considered Jim Jordan a friend," DiSabato told NBC News, which first reported the allegations Tuesday. "But at the end of the day, he is absolutely lying if he says he doesn’t know what was going on."

Yetts told NBC he and others told Jordan about Strauss being inappropriate.

"I remember I had a thumb injury and went into Strauss' office and he started pulling down my wrestling shorts," Yetts said. "I'm like, 'what the f--- are you doing?' And I went out and told [former head coach] Russ [Hellickson] and Jim what happened. I was not having it. They went in and talked to Strauss."

Jordan's spokesman said in a statement the congressman never saw or heard about any abuse or had any abuse reported.

"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,  spokesman Ian Fury said.