I Had No Knowledge of the Groping I Was Told About, Jim Jordan Says

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a former Ohio State University wrestling coach who’s been under fire since accusations emerged that athletes were groped by the team doctor and he did nothing about it, says he had no knowledge of the groping he was told about during his years there.

“Had I known about the groping that the students told me about before and after practice, I would have done something,” Johnson told CNN this morning.

Jordan was an assistant wrestling coach at the university from 1987 to 1995. He was elected to Congress in 2007 and has emerged as one of President Trump’s fiercest defenders. He’s being talked about as a replacement for retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

Jordan labeled as “fake news” reports by the Washington Post and other publications that he took no action in response to accusations by seven former wrestlers that team doctor Richard Strauss groped them and others.

“Ask anyone who worked with me during my time as an assistant coach, I simply didn’t know about the groping that the students joked about on a daily basis, in the locker room, in the shower, and on the team bus,” he said.

News outlets have interviewed more than 100 former students, parents, university staff, and others to corroborate the accusations against the team doctor, who committed suicide in 2005.

One former wrestler told the Washington Post, “Jordan definitely knew that these things were happening . . . Everybody joked about it and talked about it all the time.”

Another former wrestler said, “I remember coming up and saying, ‘Strauss held my balls longer than normal.’ He just snickered.”

Jordan said he never snickered at the accusations he never heard on any of the days it was never brought to his attention.

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