Trump defends Jim Jordan amid allegations of sex abuse on wrestling team

Ohio lawmaker accused of ignoring abuse of Ohio State student-athletes

As ThinkProgress previously noted, Jordan has always been thought to be a top contender to replace House Speaker Paul Ryan, once Ryan steps down in November, and enjoys the full support of several high-profile members of Congress, as well as the president himself.

The team doctor of the Ohio State wrestling team, Dr. Richard Strauss, is accused of having sexually abused male athletes.

Jordan's office claimed on Thursday that he was being "bullied" by one of the wrestlers who had contacted him: 'Rep.

The allegations were reported on Tuesday by NBC News, which said Jordan was the assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State from 1986 to 1994. Jordan said. "Conversations in the locker room are a lot different than people coming up talking about abuse". "We knew of no abuse. If we had, we would have reported it", Jordan told reporters on Wednesday.

Jordan attacked his accusers, particularly the first one who came forward, Mike DeSabato.

Former wrestler Dunyasha Yetts says he went straight to Jordan after Strauss began to remove his wrestling shorts when he sought help for a thumb injury. He goes, 'Oh I need to check for a few things down here, ' " the man says. Jordan said, according to a tweet from Fox News reporter Chad Pergram.

Dailey identified himself as a "close friend" of Jordan, and once contributed to his campaign.

Jordan said he hasn't personally spoken with DiSabato since late March or April.

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Former Ohio State wrestler Mike DiSabato was one of three ex-OSU wrestlers who confirmed Jordan's knowingness to NBC News.

As Jordan faces these accusations, some have pointed to the past legal troubles of the alleged victims and questioned their reliability. But he's not hiding that fact as he moves foward with these allegations against Strauss and Jordan. I've talked to other coaches, and they didn't know of any abuse. However, the law firm representing Ohio State contradicted that statement in a statement of its own, so it's not clear that Jordan is being entirely forthcoming about anything at this point.

"VO" appears to refer to Varsity O, an alumni organization for former Ohio State athletes.

"I did know Dr. Strauss", Jordan said.

"I don't believe them at all".

"What bothers me the most, is the guys that are saying this, I know they know the truth", Jordan said. But those NBC News spoke with say that just isn't so. "It was very common knowledge in the locker room that if you went to Dr. Strauss for anything, you would have to pull your trousers down".

The university said its investigation includes "outreach to former student-athletes, coaches and others who may have been affected or may have had knowledge of these alleged incidents". "I was surprised to hear Jim say that he knew nothing about it", he added.

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