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Some House Conservatives Back Jordan as Ethics Complaint Filed

Some House Conservatives Back Jordan as Ethics Complaint Filed Some House Conservatives Back Jordan as Ethics Complaint Filed
Melinda Barton | 10 July, 2018, 11:57

Seven wrestlers have said since July 3 that Jordan knew or must have known about Strauss's alleged groping or broader problems with inappropriate behavior in the locker room and showers.

He questioned why the focus has been on wrestling, noting that OSU is investigating abuse in other sports, and said while he can not speak for all former OSU wrestlers, he never saw inappropriate behavior from Strauss and never heard of any during his time at the school. He said that he didn't know whether anyone on the wrestling team ever made a formal complaint about Dr. Strauss.

The source said Jordan's relationships within the House Freedom Caucus are strong, with his colleagues seeing him as a "good man who was probably just in a bad situation".

Some athletes saw it as the price of getting medicine or treatment.

"If it is determined that Rep. Jordan is lying to cover up his failure to protect student wrestlers under his supervision from sexual abuses, the House must hold Rep. Jordan accountable for his lies", they conclude.

As for Jordan, Yetts said, 'He's a great guy.

"If the accounts by the former Ohio State wrestling team members are correct and Rep. Jordan is lying, then Rep. Jordan is engaging in extremely improper behavior by making false statements on the public record to hide his past knowledge of the sexual abuse of student wrestlers under his supervision, and to hide his failure to take any action to protect those students", said a letter the pair wrote and sent to reporters.

"I mean, I never saw, never heard of, never was told about any type of abuse". "If I did I would have dealt with it".

Jordan specifically singled out Mike DiSabato, a former wrestler who has given several media interviews about the alleged sexual predation at Ohio State.

Yetts was convicted of fraud over an investment scheme, and DiSabato has been involved in legal disputes with the university over business matters, but they said none of that has any bearing on their allegations or their credibility.

The coaches' statement came from Russ Hellickson, the former head wrestling coach who was Jordan's boss, and five former assistant coaches: Dave Ruckman, Rex Holman, Ken Chertow, Miron Kharchilava and Kenny Ramsey Jr. He said Strauss' behavior was an open secret among wrestlers, who would snicker when a new teammate headed into his first exam with Strauss.

Jordan "knew about it because it was an everyday occurrence", former wrestler David Range told The Washington Post on Saturday.

Amid the allegations, three former wrestlers at Ohio State defended Jordan.

It wasn't immediately clear whether they, like Jordan, plan to talk with the independent investigators from Seattle-based Perkins Coie who are reviewing the allegations against the now-dead doctor and what, if anything, the university knew about the allegations.

The moderate Republican said, "It wouldn't surprise me if [Jordan rivals] are trying to kill him off early".

"We remain steadfastly committed to uncovering the truth", it added. Michigan State recently agreed to a $500 million settlement, and Nassar has been sent to prison for the rest of his days.

Hellickson has not returned messages left by The Associated Press.

DiSabato, whose allegations against Strauss prompted the university to investigate, called Jordan a liar outright. He earned tenure, published a variety of research and was selected to test Olympic athletes for illegal drug use during the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles. Strauss, who died in 2005, has been accused of sexual misconduct by former college student athletes.

Ohio State has said the allegations raised so far involve men from 14 sports as well as Strauss' work for student health services and at his off-campus medical clinic.