In an interview with CNN this week, another former wrestler at Ohio State University has insisted that Republican Rep. Jim Jordan was aware of sexual abuse perpetrated by the team’s doctor, Richard Strauss.
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 died in 2005.
"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."
The man also said he told Jordan directly what he experienced with Strauss, but Jordan did nothing at the time, even snickering at the wrestler’s description of what happened:
"I remember coming up and saying, 'Strauss held my balls longer than normal.' He just snickered,” the former wrestler claimed, speaking of a conversation at the time with Jordan.
The former wrestler also recalled a time when he said he met with Jordan and several athletes who were all "clumped together” and he said he told Jordan "something to the effect of 'his hands are cold as shit; he checked out every hair on my ball,'" in reference to Strauss.
According to the former wrestler, Jordan said he had "nothing to do with this" before walking away.
Several former wrestlers have come forward to say that Jordan had to have been aware of the abuse, but the lawmaker has consistently denied the allegations.
According to The Hill, six former wrestling coaches have come to Jordan’s defense, indicating none of them knew of the sexual abuse at the time:
“What has been said about Jim Jordan is absolutely wrong,” the half-dozen coaches said in a joint statement. “We all worked on the wrestling coaching staff during Jim’s tenure at The Ohio State University. None of us saw or heard of abuse of OSU wrestlers. The well-being of student-athletes was all of our concern. If we had heard of any abuse, we would have spoken up.”