“I’ve stood up against the Speaker of the House from own party in my own state. I’ve stood up against the IRS, stood up against the FBI, stood up against Adam Schiff, fought the Justice Department when the whole Trump-Russia thing — what they had done. … The idea I’m not going to defend our athletes when I think they’re being harmed is ridiculous,” he mentioned in a Monday interview with native outlet Lima News. 

“This is just, this is someone making a false statement,” Jordan added.

Jordan has been denying accusations since final yr that he turned a blind eye to rampant sexual abuse dedicated by former Ohio State group physician Richard Strauss whereas Jordan was an assistant coach from 1986 to 1994. Most lately, a federal lawsuit filed final week claims {that a} referee says Strauss masturbated in entrance of him in a bathe after a wrestling match in 1994.

When the referee reported the habits to then-head wrestling coach Russ Hellickson and assistant coach Jordan, he says, they waved off the incident.

“Yeah, that’s Strauss,” the coaches responded, in keeping with the swimsuit. 

The referee informed NBC News that Strauss’ habits was “common knowledge” so nobody did something about it. 

“I wish Jim, and Russ, too, would stand up and do the right thing and admit they knew what Strauss was doing, because everybody knew what he was doing to the wrestlers,” the referee mentioned. “What was a shock to me is that Strauss tried to do that to me. He was breaking new ground by going after a ref.”

The referee is the second individual to say he instantly reported Strauss’ inappropriate habits to Jordan. Additionally, quite a few former wrestlers and 22 former OSU coaches have reported to investigators that they had been conscious of complaints and rumors about Strauss.   

Jordan has continued to vehemently deny any accusations that he knew of Strauss’ sexual misconduct.  

Strauss dedicated at the very least 1,429 sexual assaults and 47 rapes on pupil sufferers throughout his time on the faculty, OSU reported within the faculty’s annual crime report revealed final month. 

Four former OSU wrestlers informed NBC News final yr that it was “common knowledge” that Strauss inappropriately touched college students throughout appointments and infrequently showered with them. The athletes added that it could have been practically inconceivable for Jordan to not have recognized in regards to the abuse.  

The former group physician labored on varied sports activities groups on the college from 1978 to 1998. He died by suicide in 2005, however the investigation into his alleged actions is ongoing.

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