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Saturday, July 07, 2018

A seventh former Ohio State University wrestler said Saturday that he believes Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) knew about inappropriate behavior that allegedly took place in the school's athletic department three decades ago, as two more former team members came to Jordan's defense. David Range, who wrestled for Ohio State in the late 1980s, said Jordan had to have known about alleged sexual misconduct by Richard Strauss, an athletic doctor whose behavior is under investigation by the school, because it happened regularly to team members and people talked about it. Jordan has denied he knew, saw or heard about any inappropriate behavior while he was an assistant wrestling coach from 1987 to 1995. "Jordan definitely knew that these things were happening -- yes, most definitely," Range told The Washington Post. "It was there. He knew about it because it was an everyday occurrence."


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Range said he never discussed the issue directly with Jordan one on one and did not know whether anyone made a formal report, but he said Jordan was present during group conversations in the locker room about Strauss's behavior.

"We talked about it all the time in the locker room" while Jordan was there, he said. "Everybody joked about it and talked about it all the time."


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"Conversations in a locker room are a lot different than people coming up and talking about abuse," Jordan told Fox. Asked later whether he heard wrestlers talking about misconduct that fell short of the common definition of sexual abuse at the time but that could be considered abuse today, Jordan issued a flat denial, saying he "did not, did not" hear anything.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-07-07 09:45 PM | Reply

If you can't read the WaPo article, here's one from The Hill:

Seventh former Ohio State wrestler claims Jordan knew of alleged sexual abuse


#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-07-07 09:48 PM | Reply

Some peeps on the internets are now referring to Jordan as Gym Jordan.

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-07-08 11:54 AM | Reply

GOP creeps and Jordan hiding behind the "they weren't kids" excuse, and them being strong young men, so it wasn't totally unwelcome or someone would've gotten hit, excuses. Might have to change #metoo to #wetoo.

#4 | Posted by YAV at 2018-07-08 12:07 PM | Reply

Aside from Rep Jordan's involvement or non-involvement, my biggest concern through all of this is:

WTF was that college doing, allowing such abuse to go on for so long. From what I have read, the problem was reported to school officials, yet nothing apparently was done about the problem.

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-07-08 12:07 PM | Reply

The doctor committed suicide in 2005. Maybe he thought then the jig was up.

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-07-08 01:02 PM | Reply

From one article I read ( www.politico.com ) indicated the abuse was occurring while Rep Jordan was there, 1986-1994.

...A half-dozen ex-wrestlers told POLITICO they were regularly harassed in their training facility by sexually aggressive men who attended the university or worked there. The voyeurs would ---------- while watching the wrestlers shower or sit in the sauna, or engage in sexual acts in the areas where the athletes trained, the former wrestlers said.

Larkins Hall, the building that housed athletic teams, became such a well-known target that people who frequented it at the time have reminisced in anonymous postings online how easy it was to ogle naked members of the wrestling team.

The situation was so egregious that former wrestling head coach Russ Hellickson would at times have to physically drag the gawkers out of the building, several sources familiar with his actions at the time said. Hellickson also pleaded with the university multiple times to move their athletes to a private facility, the sources said. Jordan served as Hellickson's No. 2, and the coach has been described as Jordan's mentor....

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So I repeat, why did this go on for so long and the university apparently did nothing about it?

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-07-08 01:13 PM | Reply

Does anybody else find it strange that the law firm of Perkins Coie is doing this investigation?
Perkins Coie lawyer Marc Elias hired the company that compiled a dossier with allegations about Donald Trump's Russia connections, the law firm confirmed on Tuesday.
Jim Jordyn must be getting under Rod Rosenstein's skin

#8 | Posted by homerj at 2018-07-09 08:57 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Adjust your tin-foil cap a bit, would ya?
It looks silly tilted that way.

#9 | Posted by YAV at 2018-07-09 09:01 AM | Reply

Libs will stop at no end to crush conservatives.

#10 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-07-09 11:54 AM | Reply

#10 - I wish!

#11 | Posted by YAV at 2018-07-09 01:58 PM | Reply

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