The case of Jim Jordan continues to develop and with all the twists and turns we’ve seen so far, it’s no surprise to learn of another big question mark regarding Jordan’s understanding of exactly what had occurred to his Ohio State players.
Remember when Jordan appeared in an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier and vehemently denied any knowledge of wrongdoing? Only to backtrack and claim there was some “conversation in a locker room.” Baier asked him what conversations he heard and Jordan quickly claimed he personally didn’t hear anything. It appears, at least on the surface, that head coach Russ Hellickson is doing the same.
Hellickson, the man Jordan worked for, has been caught in what could possibly be a big lie. Hellickson has been one of Jordan’s biggest defenders, going so far as to sign a letter of defense created by a right-wing PR firm. That letter put together with funding from an anonymous donor, makes a pretty strong statement:
“None of us saw or heard of abuse of OSU wrestlers… The well-being of student-athletes was all of our concern. If we had heard of any abuse, we would have spoken up.”
However, Mike DiSabato, the man who broke the story on July 3rd, has video footage of Hellickson admitting that Jim Jordan knew of the perverted doctor’s advances. CNN and USA Today reporters have seen and verified the tape and the accusations that have been raised.
Hellickson admits during filming that DiSabato knew about the doctor’s perversions and ignored player complaints. Hellickson says many of the wrestlers were “uncomfortable” and he had personally confronted the doctor.
Following his communications with Strauss, Hellickson relayed their conversation to university administrators. “Certainly, all of my administrators recognized that it was an issue for me. I’m sure that I talked to all of them on numerous occasions about my discontent with the environment.”
In an interview with USA Today on Monday, Hellickson explained the situation further, claiming there was no “red flag” that showed signs of abuse. An odd statement considering he spoke with his university’s administrators and confronted the doctor personally about how he was touching or “hands-on” with the wrestlers.
It appears, although not verifiable yet, that Hellickson is attempting to now square off his testimony with what he said on tape to DiSabato and what he claimed in the PR-based pledge.
It’s odd timing for the coach to make his own “conversations in a locker room” type of statement after he formally reported his conversations to university administrators many years ago and told Dr. Strauss to stop his behavior.
So far, nine wrestlers have come forward to say Jim Jordan knew of the abuse that was occurring. Two of those wrestlers say they even spoke to Jordan directly.
At this point in time, we have a lot of unanswered and confusing questions that will hopefully be answered when the video is finally released.
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.