Seventh Wrestler Claims Jim Jordan Knew Of Team Doctor's Sexual Abuse

  • Seventh Wrestler Claims Jim Jordan Knew Of Team Doctor's Sexual Abuse

Seventh Wrestler Claims Jim Jordan Knew Of Team Doctor's Sexual Abuse

The Office of Congressional Ethics would next need to make a referral to the House Ethics Committee to formally take up the matter.

"One of these individuals, David Range, who was a wrestler at Ohio State University in the 1980s, told the WaPo that, "[Jim] Jordan definitely knew that these things were happening - yes, most definitely. "Jim-Jordan-7-9-18-p.pdf" target="_blank">complaint read. "This is a very serious matter that directly reflects on the integrity of the House of Representatives as an institution and on the credibility of its Members". Strauss' family, meanwhile, issued a statement this weekend saying they are "fully cooperating" with the investigation into complaints from the "alleged victims".

The letter does not mean Jordan is now under inquiry, only that one has been requested. The university has commissioned an independent investigation.

Jordan has repeatedly said he knew nothing of the abuse until the former wrestlers spoke out earlier this year.

When asked whether the athletes might have described conduct that might not have been considered abuse at the time, but would be now, Jordan said no.

According to Range, team members would discuss how the team doctor, Richard Strauss, acted inappropriately on a regular basis in the locker room.

Yetts said he and his teammates talked to Jordan numerous times about their interactions with the doctor.

"We talked about it all the time in the locker room" Range continued, while confirming that Jordan was there in the locker room while these conversations took place.

Jordan told Fox News Friday night that "conversations in a locker room are a lot different than people coming up and talking about abuse". "It's just not accurate".

But other wrestlers reached by The Dispatch disputed the idea that Jordan knew, or said while there was open joking about Strauss' behavior, that jokes do not equal reports of abuse.

President Donald Trump has also dismissed questions about Jordan.

'I never knew about any type of abuse.

Jordan had previously been floated by conservative circles as a long-shot potential successor to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan.

Gaetz isn't the only conservative suggesting a conspiracy. Mark Meadows called on members to support the OH congressman.

A former Ohio State athletic director says he doesn't recall any complaints during his tenure about a team doctor's alleged sexual misconduct with athletes.

"I complained more than three times".

"I'm devastated by what I've heard. My heart goes out to anyone who was abused in any way", he said. "But Jim Jordan is a tremendous human being who has always lived his life beyond reproach". If he had any knowledge of any misconduct, he would deal with it. "There's no question in my mind".

Jordan has tried to discredit his accusers, especially DiSabato, and his office has sent statements to the press from figures in the wrestling world defending the Ohio Republican, including from the team's former coach.

"It was expressed to me by one member that after Joe Paterno, you never want to go too deep in defending somebody, because you can have somebody who was just nearly seen as an otherworldly figure of integrity and then you find out that 'Wow, he really did know more than we thought he did". "But he never overstepped boundaries in my experience".

"I'm not aware of any incidents that could have potentially been covered up", he told the newspaper.