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Clarence Thomas' wife defends Jim Jordan in college sex abuse case

Clarence Thomas' wife defends Jim Jordan in college sex abuse case Clarence Thomas' wife defends Jim Jordan in college sex abuse case
Bennie Garza | 10 July, 2018, 13:12

Ryan is not seeking reelection and Jordan is popular with conservative groups. However, former wrestlers have spoken out, one by one, claiming that Jordan is not telling the truth: they all say that Jordan knew about the sexual abuse, and that he didn't do anything about it.

"I think the timing is suspect when you think about how this whole story came together after the Rosenstein hearing and the speaker's race", Jordan said last week.

Jordan was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University from 1987 until he was sworn in to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1995. Nick Nutter, an All-American wrestler in the 1990s, said he constantly did a calculation before deciding whether to see Strauss: "Is this injury bad enough that I'm going to get molested for it?" One former Ohio State University wrestler told CNN - speaking on the condition of anonymity - that he and his fellow wrestlers would speak openly about how Strauss would shower with the athletes, and how other athletes would comment that Strauss would always "check for hernias", a reference to the doctor examining their genitals.

Others, including Jordan, have questioned the credibility of DiSabato, the first and most public former wrestler to make the allegations against Strauss and Jordan. Strauss, who died in 2005, has been accused of sexual misconduct by former college student athletes.

They described how Strauss fondled them during medical exams and ogled naked young men, sometimes showering among athletes multiple times a day for no apparent reason or perching himself on a stool to stare.

"It's tough to put into words".

"There was definitely inappropriate things that, in my opinion, were pretty disgusting going on all around us".

'I never knew about any type of abuse.

The letter sent Monday said Jordan could be in violation of a clause in the House Rules if he were lying, since it would fail to "reflect creditably on the House".

"I never saw, never heard of, never was told about any kind of abuse", said Jordan, whose in-your-face brand of politics has made him the choice for speaker of the House by an array of conservative groups. "Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I've met since I've been in Washington".

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

Range said it was common knowledge at the time even though he did not directly discuss it with Jordan.

Jordan was a two-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion during his time at the University of Madison-Wisconsin. "I don't know why he would try to sweep it under the rug".

"If in fact there are victims, they deserve justice", Jordan said.

Michael Alf, a wrestler who joined the OSU team in the late 1980s, said the atmosphere in the team locker room was "definitely disturbing".

Former three-year captain Jude Skove finished his career at Ohio State before Jordan became an assistant coach but told the Asbury Park Press he trained with Jordan at a tournament when Jordan was a student. The well-being of student-athletes was all of our concern. The toll-free Capitol Switchboard is (1-866-220-0044) we urge CHQ readers and friends to call Representative Jim Jordan to tell him in the face of these vile attacks he should redouble his campaign for Speaker.

Diana Banister, president of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs, declined to say when reached by email whether the firm was working for the coaches pro bono. The state attorney general appointed the law firm Porter Wright Morris & Arthur as the school's legal counsel, and that firm hired another, Perkins Coie, to conduct the investigation. He said he wasn't aware of such allegations against Strauss until reading recent news reports.

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