Jim Jordan, a congressman from Ohio, took a more unusual path to the house than many of his fellow lawmakers. While he earned a law degree following college, he never took the bar exam and worked as a wrestling coach until he entered politics.
During his time as a coach at Ohio State University, a number of his wrestlers were sexually abused by Dr. Richard Strauss. A number of athletes have come out to say that Jordan was aware of the abuse and did nothing to stop it. These accusations came up again earlier this week when a former Ohio State wrestling captain said that Jordan was a coward for his inaction.
Adam DiSabato served as a captain of the team during the 80’s and 90’s when Jordan was a coach. He is the brother of Michael DiSabato, one of the wrestler’s who initially called out the congressman.
DiSabato spoke up during an Ohio Statehouse meeting concerning Strauss’ abuses. The former captain claimed, “Jim Jordan called me crying, groveling… begging me to go against my brother…That’s the kind of cover-up that’s going on there.”
The 90’s wrestler continued to slam the lawmaker. “He’s a coward,” DiSabto said. “He’s not a leader. He’s a coward. I was captain of these guys. That’s why I’m here. I would never abandon my team. He abandoned us.”
Jordan, for his part, has long denied the accusations. He said when the allegations were initially leveled, “The idea I’m not going to defend our athletes when I think they’re being harmed is ridiculous. This is just — this is someone making a false statement.”