Courtesy of Think Progress:
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) claims he is being “bullied” by former Ohio State wrestlers who accuse the congressman of turning a blind eye to the sexual abuse of hundreds of student-athletes while he worked as the assistant wrestling coach from 1986 to 1994.
According to a CNN report Wednesday, Jordan will contact the Capitol police after receiving emails from one of the wrestlers who has accused Jordan of doing nothing about the sexual abuse by the team doctor, Dr. Richard Strauss.
A source in Jordan’s office told CNN that the emails were threatening because of how many had been sent but provided no other details about why the congressman believes he is being “bullied.”
CNN did report that emails between Ohio State wrestler Michael DiSabato and the congressman obtained by CNN show DiSabato sent Jordan an email on April 24 expressing concerns about the sexual abuse scandal and asked Jordan to help given his knowledge of it. DiSabato told CNN there was no response.
CNN reported that DiSabato has been sending emails for “months” and Jordan didn’t respond because he didn’t want to “encourage the behavior.”
Jordan denies knowing anything about the abuse, telling reporters in Ohio Wednesday, “We knew of no abuse, never heard of abuse. If we had, we would have reported it. If, in fact,there’s problems, we want justice for the people who were victims, obviously, and as I said, we are happy to talk with the folks who are doing the investigation. But the things they said about me just were flat-out not true.”
But investigators counter Jordan, telling the Columbus Dispatch they’ve contacted Jordan and got no response.
So to be clear Jordan is being called out for turning a blind eye to sexual abuse happening right under his nose, and his response to these individuals expressing frustration with his actions is to cry like a little bitch and claim HE is the one being bullied?
And then he even lies about cooperating with investigators?
Clearly, Jim Jordan has something to hide here, and he is terrified that it is going to get out.
P.S. Just before this post was scheduled for publication yet another former wrestler has come forward to say that Jordan is lying about not knowing the athletes were being sexually abused by the team doctor:
A fourth former Ohio State University wrestler came forward Thursday to contradict Rep. Jim Jordan’s claim that he had no idea the wrestling team doctor was molesting athletes.
The wrestler, Shawn Dailey, said he was groped half a dozen times by Dr. Richard Strauss in the mid-1990s, when Jordan was the assistant wrestling coach. Dailey said he was too embarrassed to report the abuse directly to Jordan at the time, but he said Jordan took part in conversations where Strauss’ abuse of many other team members came up.
“I participated with Jimmy and the other wrestlers in locker-room talk about Strauss. We all did,” Dailey, 43, told NBC News, referring to Jordan. “It was very common knowledge in the locker room that if you went to Dr. Strauss for anything, you would have to pull your pants down.”
Yeah, Jordan is fucked.