The Ohio State University wrestling scandal that involves Rep. Jim Jordan isn’t going away, no matter how much the Ohio Republican would like it to. Jordan is accused by multiple people of ignoring the sexual assault of his athletes by school physician Richard Strauss. The case against Strauss involves at least 177 young men that he abused. Former wrestlers have stepped forward to accuse Jordan of knowing about the abuse and doing absolutely nothing to stop it while he was a coach.
Former wrestler Adam DiSabato said Jordan called him and cried, begging him to deny the allegations that were levied against him by DiSabato’s brother, Michael.
DiSabato appeared on MSNBC’s AM Joy, and the host asked him about Jordan’s response to his accusations.
“The congressman is calling you a liar,” Joy Reid said. “Your response, sir?”
DiSabato fired a warning shot, saying, “it’s only going to get worse” for Jordan.
“Well, in his statement, he didn’t say that he didn’t call me. I find that amusing, because, you know, he — he knows that he called me that day, and there’s proof, and he doesn’t want to go there,” DiSabato said. “So as far as the lie, I’ve already gone over this several times. I mean, it was blatant knowledge throughout our wrestling team, and there are others that are going to come out on my behalf, and it’s just going to get worse.”
“Jim Jordan is just a symptom of the bigger problem at Ohio State,” DiSabato continued. “He had superiors, Russ Hellickson, who I just found out called me a liar as well. This guy, we have text messages of him sending it to my teammates, telling them to flip. So these people are delusional. And, you know, it’s all going to come out, and Ohio State is — it’s going to get worse because there’s other things that are going to come out. You know, they — they don’t want to go there.”
Reid asked if there was any evidence that will come out, pointing to Jordan knowing about the abuse.
“And for — I was going to ask you, you say things are going to come out, is there specific evidence that you have, or that you or others that were victims or connected to victims at Ohio State have, that Jordan himself knew about the abuse that was taking place?” the MSNBC host asked.
“Yes,” DiSabato responded. “I mean, the fact that he called me on the Fourth of July. I haven’t talked to this guy in, you know — the last time I saw him was at my teammate Kevin Randleman’s funeral. And Kevin Randleman was a captain as well. If he was alive, he’d be sitting here next to me, you know, with the same story, because he was adamant against it as well. So, you know, to keep denying it is just digging himself a bigger hole. If he would have just came out at the beginning and said, ‘hey, you know, our superiors did nothing,’ then I wouldn’t be here right now. You think I want to be here?”
I’d wager that Jordan won’t be calling DiSabato again after he said he has proof of the call. Jordan can’t claim the deep state is after him this time in a case involving a long list of young men who Strauss scarred for life after forcing them to endure a soul-crushing experience — while the Ohio Republican ignored the abuse.
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