A fourth former wrestler has come forward to contradict U.S. Representative Jim Jordan’s claims that he had no knowledge of athletes being sexually abused by a team doctor while Jordan was an assistant coach at Ohio State in the mid-1990s.
Shawn Dailey told NBC News he was groped several times by Richard Strauss — and Jordan was present with other wrestlers in the team locker room when they discussed Strauss’ actions. “It was very common knowledge in the locker room that if you went to Dr. Strauss for anything, you would have to pull your pants down.” Dailey, 43, said. Three other former Ohio State wrestlers have claimed Strauss’s groping of student athletes was widely known at the university. “Doc Strauss was a serial groper,” Mike DiSabato told USA TODAY. “Everyone knew, including Jim.”
In April, Ohio State announced it was opening an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by Strauss.
Jordan worked as an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State from 1987 until 1995 before going into politics. He was elected to the House in 2006.
He has denied any knowledge of the alleged abuse, telling reporters at a Fourth of July rally the allegations are “just not accurate.”
Strauss, who served as the Ohio State wrestling team’s doctor from the mid-1970s to the late 1990s, died in 2005.
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