Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio denied knowing about sexual abuse that allegedly occurred while he was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State even though six former college wrestlers have come forward and said Jordan knew about the abuse and did nothing about it.
Dr. Richard Strauss, who was the team doctor of the Ohio State wrestling team, has been accused of sexually abusing male athletes; Strauss passed away a few years ago.
Jordan told Fox News host Bret Baier how CNN was wrong to interview the alleged victims and attacked alleged victim Mike DiSabito, notes Media Matters:
You would have to ask them, but I would tell, with you Mike DiSabato, Mike DiSabito has a vendetta against Ohio State. He lost a licensing agreement with Ohio State, he is — he is out to get Ohio State.
He has a vendetta against our family. He was arrested just five months ago, threatening Chris Spielman’s lawyer and Chris Spielman — he has got all kinds of lawsuits against him.
And what bothers me more than that, is the fact that CNN puts him on TV three times in one day with — with — I mean, if — if they would have done their — done their homework, instead of rushing to — rushing to put someone on TV, who is — who has had a criminal record, on all kinds of — all kinds of lawsuits against him saying these kinds of false things, but and waited for, like, to get the real facts about this guy’s background —
Jordan insisted there was a difference between “locker room banter” and alleged molestation accusations against Strauss:
Conversations in the locker room are a lot different than allegations of abuse or reported abuse to us. Conversations in the locker room are a lot different than people coming up talking about abuse. No one ever reported any abuse to me. If they had I would have dealt with it.
Jordan also had words for national champion and UFC Mark Coleman:
I feel sorry for Mark Coleman. It’s just not accurate. As I said before, conversations in the locker room are a lot different than someone coming up to you and saying there was some kind of abuse.