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Ex-athletes say Ohio State doc groped, ogled men for years

06 July, 2018, 23:50 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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Appearing on CNN while the rest of the country was celebrating July 4th, a former wrestler who has come forward with tales of sexual abuse by an Ohio State University doctor told CNN host Brooke Baldwin that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) witnessed the doctor commit "lewd acts while showering with athletes when the lawmaker served as a assistant wrestling coach at the school".

The claims have become increasingly damning for Jordan, who is said to have known about the molestation for years. Ohio State University announced in April it was investigating allegations of sexual abuse leveled at the team doctor Richard Strauss.

I've talked to other coaches, and they didn't know of any abuse. "No question in my mind", Trump added in the Thursday comments to reporters aboard Air Force One as they headed out for a Trump campaign rally in Montana. Additionally, Jordan is being prompted by many colleagues to challenge Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in the upcoming race to succeed Paul Ryan as Speaker, which will be voted on when the new GOP Caucus meets for the first time after the midterm elections. "He's an outstanding man".

"I am not a flawless person, but ask any of the wrestlers and they will tell you everybody knew about Doc", Yetts said.

"We knew of no abuse".

A news report on Tuesday accusing Representative Jim Jordan of ignoring accusations of sexual abuse as a wrestling coach at Ohio State University has left a cloud over the powerful congressman as conservative activists put him forward as potentially the next speaker of the House.

Former Ohio State wrestler Mike DiSabato was one of three ex-OSU wrestlers who confirmed Jordan's knowingness to NBC News.

Lawyers in the investigation had previously tried to schedule an interview with Jordan, Porter Wright partner Kathleen Trafford said Tuesday. He's taken leading roles in fighting the Affordable Care Act and in pushing back against the government's Russian Federation investigation, most recently interrogating Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in committee. Jordan was Yetts' weight-class coach at the time, and the two spoke frequently about Strauss, he said. "We all did", 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".

Jordan's office claimed on Thursday that he was being "bullied" by one of the wrestlers who had contacted him: 'Rep.

"Jim Jordan is a world-caliber athlete who is very aggressive in his actions. he's a bulldog, let's be honest", DiSabato said.

Jordan's spokesman said he would assist investigators in any way he could. "But to say that he had no knowledge of it, I would say that's kind of hurtful". "It's just not accurate to say those things, that we knew of it and didn't report it".

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