Wrestler on Lawmaker's Denial He Knew of Abuse: 'Hurtful'

Rep. Jim Jordan says he didn't know of molestation by Dr. Richard Strauss at Ohio State
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2018 9:42 AM CDT
This Oct. 22, 2015, file photo shows US Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

(Newser) – The number of Ohio State wrestlers who've come forward to say Rep. Jim Jordan knew about abuse at the hands of their team doctor is rising, despite Jordan's adamant denials. After an initial report on three former wrestlers, NBC News interviews a fourth accuser, Shawn Dailey, who says he was groped several times by Dr. Richard Strauss in the mid-'90s, when Jordan was the team's assistant coach. "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," Dailey, now 43, says, adding he never approached Jordan about his own abuse but took part in locker room discussions about Strauss with Jordan. Dailey specifically backs up the account of former teammate Dunyasha Yetts, saying Jordan's reply to Yetts after Yetts complained about Strauss was: "If he tried that with me, I would kill him."

Dailey notes he's a Republican, like Jordan, whom he calls a "close friend" and "good guy" whose campaign he donated to in 1994. Still, "what happened drove me out of the sport," he says. "So I was surprised to hear Jim say that he knew nothing about it. … That's kind of hurtful." Former UFC champ Mark Coleman also speaks out, telling the Wall Street Journal "there's no way unless [Jordan's] got dementia or something that he's got no recollection of what was going on at Ohio State. … I have nothing but respect for this man, I love this man, but he knew as far as I'm concerned." Meanwhile, President Trump has weighed in, telling reporters Thursday that he believes Jordan "100%, no question in my mind." "Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I've met since I've been in Washington," Trump said, adding he doesn't believe the allegations against him "at all."

My Take on This Story
Show results without voting  |  
10%
14%
29%
7%
13%
27%