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An Ohio State wrestler is calling Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) a “phony” in an interview with CNN for saying he was not aware of allegations of inappropriate touching and sexual abuse by a former doctor on the wrestling team.
The person who spoke to CNN requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the allegations and out of concern for his family’s well-being. CNN says he is the fifth wrestler from the program to allege that Jordan knew of the actions of Richard Strauss, the former team doctor who killed himself in 2005.
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"Jordan is denying this because obviously it would be political suicide for him," the former wrestler said to CNN in a report published on Tuesday. "He's still denying it. Jim Jordan knew. He didn't do anything about it."
Other news media have offered different counts on the number of wrestlers making the allegation, many of whom have spoken anonymously. The Washington Post has reported that seven former wrestlers have alleged that Jordan knew of misconduct by Strauss.
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Jordan has denied the allegations that he knew of Strauss's alleged actions. He served as an assistant coach on the Ohio State team between 1987 and 1995, and says he did not hear of inappropriate behavior by the doctor.
While a number of wrestlers have said Jordan did know of the allegations, others have backed him.
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Six former OSU wrestling coaches issued statements defending the GOP lawmaker on Monday against claims he was aware of the allegations against Strauss.
“What has been said about Jim Jordan is absolutely wrong,” the...
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