Congressman Denies He Knew About Alleged Sexual Abuse When He Was a Coach at Ohio State

Congressman Jim Jordan says he didn’t know anything about allegations of widespread sexual abuse on the Ohio State University wrestling team when he was a coach there more than 20 years ago.

NBC News reported this week that former wrestlers Jordan coached are alleging the powerful Freedom Caucus Republican knew about abuse that allegedly occurred at the hands the team doctor, Richard Strauss, and did not stop it.

In a statement and interview with Politico, the the Ohio Congressman denied the accusations and said he would “have done something about it” if he had known.

“It’s not true,” Jordan told Politico. “I never knew about any type of abuse.”

“If there are people who are abused,” he added, “then that’s terrible and we want justice to happen.”

A spokesman for Jordan said he would “assist” Ohio State University’s investigators in any way — despite not yet being contacted by them.

“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,” the statement released Tuesday said.

“If what is alleged is true, the victims deserve a full investigation and justice.”

The NBC News…

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