OSU Sex Abuse Witness: Jim Jordan Called Me Groveling, Begging Me Not To Speak

Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH)Gage Skidmore / CC-BY-2.0 / Flickr

William James

Adam DiSabato said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) begged him not to claim that the lawmaker knew about sex abuse at OSU.

A former Ohio State University wrestling team captain told Ohio’s Statehouse on Tuesday that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) called him repeatedly after news of the school’s sex abuse scandal broke, begging him not to corroborate witnesses claiming Jordan knew about the abuse.

Cleveland.com reported that Adam DiSabato, who served as the OSU wrestling team captain during the late 80s and early 90s, told state lawmakers on the House Civil Justice Committee “that Jordan and other team officials knew about open-shower team facilities that facilitated sexual harassment and abuse of team wrestlers.”

He further stated that Jordan tried to cover up his involvement in the scandal by asking DiSabato to stay quiet. DiSabato’s brother, Michael DiSabato, came forward in 2018 alleging that sexual abuse by OSU doctor Richard Strauss had been common knowledge to those involved with the wrestling program — including Jordan.

“Jim Jordan called me crying, groveling… begging me to go against my brother…That’s the kind of cover-up that’s going on there,” Adam DiSabato told the committee. He later added: “Are you guys going to do what you’re voted to do? That’s the only reason I’m here.”

DiSabato’s claims came as he testified during hearings on House Bill 249, which would “allow Strauss’ victims to sue OSU by waiving the statute of limitations for the case.”

Jordan has denied having any knowledge of Strauss’ abuse during his time as the assistant wrestling coach, a position he held from 1987 to 1995. Jordan spokesman Ian Fury called DiSabato’s most recent claim “another lie.”

“Congressman Jordan never saw or heard of any abuse, and if he had he would have dealt with it,” Fury said.

During his Tuesday testimony, DiSabato called Jordan a “liar.”

“He’s throwing us under the bus, all of us. He’s a coward,” DiSabato said.

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