Ex-athletes say Ohio State doctor groped, ogled men for years

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

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he did not believe allegations by several former wrestlers at Ohio State University coached by Republican Representative Jim Jordan that he was aware the team doctor was molesting them.

President Trump has stood behind Jordan, telling reporters on Air Force One Thursday that he believes the congressman's denials. No question in my mind. A senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, he chaired the Republican Study Committee in 2011 and 2012 and helped found the conservative House Freedom Caucus in 2015. He's the fourth former wrestler to come forward to NBC and say that Jordan, a former assistant coach at Ohio State, knew of allegations of abuse against Strauss.

Jordan has denied that he knew about allegations of abuse by Strauss, who joined Ohio State's clinical faculty in 1978 and served as a team physician in the athletics department from 1981 to 1995 before retiring in 1998.

"If I did, I would have done something about it", Jordan said. At the time, Jordan said he knew nothing about the alleged abuse by Strauss.

"I am not a ideal person, but ask any of the wrestlers and they will tell you everybody knew about Doc", Yetts said.

Another law firm representing the university in the matter has said investigators tried unsuccessfully to contact Jordan's office by phone and email to seek an interview with him. Strauss died in 2005, and it was ruled a suicide.

"What happened drove me out of the sport", the former athlete, John Dailey, told NBC News.

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DiSabato told NBC News, "I considered Jim Jordan a friend". He's taken leading roles in fighting the Affordable Care Act and in pushing back against the government's Russian Federation investigation, most recently interrogating Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in committee. "So, when you look at the definition of sexual abuse and sexual assault - and Jim Jordan just went on record saying he knew about the facilities - he took showers with us".

Jordan has said he only learned about the abuse allegations this spring, when former students began speaking out. Sources tell Fox News that Jordan had previously forwarded the emails to Chief of Staff Kevin Eichinger and Jordan's attorney. "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".

Shawn Dailey told NBC that he was abused by former team doctor Richard Strauss a half-dozen times during his wrestling career at the school.

"Jim Jordan is a world-caliber athlete who is very aggressive in his actions. he's a bulldog, let's be honest", DiSabato said.

But Jordan disputes reports that he ignored an interview request from a law firm the university has employed to investigate the abuse claims.

"I love Jimmy to death", the ex-wrestler said.

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