Breaking now. NBC first teported this. CNN reporting it. Jordan denies he knew about the abuse. Multiple players say he knew what the wrestling team doctor at Ohio State was doing and did nothing. I wouldn’t trust the university internal investigation. Colleges have a long history of covering up abuse to protect the school. May be another Denny Hastert, Larry Nasser or Jerry Sandusky type scandal
CNN (video report): Republican Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is denying a report that he turned a blind eye to alleged sexual abuse at Ohio State University when he was an assistant wrestling coach. CNN's Jean Casarez reports.
Toledo Blade: This story was updated at 3 p.m. to include a statement from Ohio State University.
U.S. Rep Jim Jordan, a powerful Republican congressman from Ohio’s 4th District, is facing accusations by wrestlers he coached decades ago at Ohio State University of failing to the stop the team’s doctor from sexually abusing them, according to NBC News.
Mr. Jordan, the assistant wrestling coach at the university from 1986 to 1994, has said he did not know about the allegations of abuse by Dr. Richard Strauss until former students began speaking out this spring, NBC reported. The university announced in April it is investigating accusations against Dr. Strauss, who died in 2005.
The congressman denied the claims Tuesday through a spokesman.
“Congressman Jordan never saw any abuse, never heard about any abuse, and never had any abuse reported to him during his time as a coach at Ohio State,” Mr. Jordan’s spokesman Ian Fury said in an email to The Blade. “He has not been contacted by investigators about the matter but will assist them in any way they ask, because if what is alleged is true, the victims deserve a full investigation and justice.”