Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Ethics review sought as ex-coaches at Ohio defend Jordan

Ethics review sought as ex-coaches at Ohio defend Jordan

Seven wrestlers from the era accused Jordan of knowing about the alleged abuse.

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A group of former Ohio State University wrestling coaches released a joint statement Monday to back U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan's assertion that he didn't know about alleged sexual abuse of wrestlers decades ago when he was the team's assistant coach.

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Jordan, a conservative Republican from Champaign County, repeatedly said he didn't know of any abuse, telling FoxNews: "Conversations in the locker room are a lot different than people coming up and talking about abuse".

President Donald Trump has also dismissed questions about Jordan.

The same excuse Trump gave us about the Access Hollywood tape, Jim Jordan's now trying to use that as some kind of excuse for not reporting sexual assault on multiple students, who were in his charge.

One of those accusers, Mike DiSabato, scoffed at suggestions that his motivation in calling out Jordan was political or part of a personal vendetta.

'To date, the investigative team has received confidential reports from former Ohio State varsity men student-athletes affiliated with cheerleading, fencing, football, gymnastics, ice hockey, swimming, volleyball and wrestling, ' a university official said in a statement earlier this year. "If I had been, I would have dealt with it.... if there are victims, they deserve justice".

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"At no time while Jim Jordan was a coach with me at Ohio State did either of us ignore abuse of our wrestlers", the statement continued. Jordan has emerged as one of the president's staunchest defenders, helping to lead a Republican counterinvestigation of Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials who are looking into potential connections between the Trump campaign and Russian election interference.

"I don't think that we look at this kind of thing with the same lens as sex abuse today ... at least not to that degree".

"What has been said about Jim Jordan is absolutely wrong", the six coaches said in the statement. 'He asked me not to get him involved'.

"Jim Jordan goes against the powerful interests at the Federal Bureau of Investigation & deep state to expose them & hold them accountable for their crimes", tweeted Mike Tokes, a founder of The New Right, a conservative political organization.

Skove's brother Andrew Skove wrestled during the time Jordan was a coach and said he stands "100 percent" in support of Jordan. "There's no question in my mind".

"We talked about it all the time in the locker room" while Jordan was there, Range said.

OSU spokesman Chris Davey said that due to the ongoing investigation into the allegations against Strauss, he is unable to comment.

"Perkins Coie boasts a client roster that includes the DNC, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and several Democrat Members of Congress", he said in the statement.

In one email, a former Ohio State wrestler's widow condemned DiSabato as "vindictive and manipulative", citing a dispute she had with him over a memorial fund set up in her husband's name. "The speaker will await the findings of that inquiry".

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