Jim JOrdan's accusers
This is a running tally of those who have come forward to accuse GOP Rep Jim Jordan of knowing about the Ohio State sexual abuse scandal, and doing nothing about it.
Accuser 11: Michael Alf
Michael Alf is a former Ohio State wrestler who said he didn’t think Jordan knew about the abuse, but then turned around and suggested that maybe Jordan should have known: "The guys didn’t blame Jimmy, but they were wondering why he didn’t just admit that he heard all the joking about Doc Strauss but didn’t put it together that something bad was going on."
Accuser 10: Reid Delaman
Reid Delaman is another former Ohio State wrestler who thought he was defending Jim Jordan, but ended up telling NBC News that it was hard to believe Jordan hadn't heard of the abuse:
“There was so much talk I can’t imagine how someone could have made it through, being around everyone and not know,” former Ohio State wrestler Reid Delman said in an interview this week. “To me that doesn’t make sense that they would not have known.”
Like many of the other wrestlers, Delman expressed admiration for Jordan and dismay at his insistence that he knew nothing.
“I don’t want to be part of something that’s getting Jim out of office,” he said. “I don’t even like the idea of it. I do find it surprising that he would even take that approach.”
“It’s easy enough to say, ‘Looking back we should have done something,'” he said.
Accuser 9: Anonymous
The former Ohio State wrestler, who asked CNN to remain anonymous, says he was molested by the team doctor, Richard Strauss, during an exam, and that he told Jordan about it, in front of other wrestlers. Jordan’s response? He "snickered," and then said “I have nothing to do with this,” according to the wrestler.
Accuser 8: Anonymous
A former Ohio State wrestler tells CNN that the abuse was so notorious at the time that Jordan must have known.
Accuser 7: David Range
David Range, a former Ohio State wrestler, says Jordan was present during group discussions in the locker room about the doctor’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.”
Accuser 6: ?
Multiple news reports mention there being “seven” accusers, but they don’t actually explain who the 6th accuser is. Either they miscounted, or one accuser wanted to stay anonymous and on background, so he’s included in the tally, but not the exposition of the claims.
Accuser 5: Mark Coleman
Mark Coleman, another former Ohio State wrestler and UFC world champion, that Jordan must have been aware of the serial abuse because it was such common knowledge. Coleman also says he was Jordan’s “roommate” on several wrestling trips. From the WSJ: “There’s no way unless he’s got dementia or something that he’s got no recollection of what was going on at Ohio State … I have nothing but respect for this man, I love this man, but he knew as far as I’m concerned.”
Accuser 4: Shawn Dailey
Shawn Dailey, a Republican who is a former Jordan campaign donor, and a former Ohio State wrestler, says he was groped half a dozen times by Dr Strauss. And while he didn’t tell Jordan directly about the abuse, he was present when Dunyasha Yetts’ told Jordan about Yetts’ own abuse at the doctor’s hands. Per NBC:
Dailey corroborated the account of one of those wrestlers, Dunyasha Yetts, who told NBC News that Yetts had protested to Jordan and head coach Russ Hellickson after Strauss tried to pull down his wrestling shorts when Yetts went to see him for a thumb injury.
“Dunyasha comes back and tells Jimmy, ‘Seriously, why do I have to pull down my pants for a thumb injury?’” Dailey recalled. “Jimmy said something to the extent of, ‘If he tried that with me, I would kill him.'”
Accuser 3: Anonymous
A former Ohio State wrestler told NBC that “there is no way Jordan could have avoided the rumors ‘because it was all over the locker room.’ ‘I love Jimmy to death,’ the ex-wrestler said. ‘It was a head-scratcher to me why he would say he didn’t know anything. Doc used to take showers with the team even though he didn’t do any workouts, and everybody used to snicker about how you go into his office for a sore shoulder and he tells you to take your pants down.'”
Accuser 2: Dunyasha Yetts
Former Ohio State wrestler Dunyasha Yetts says he told Jordan and head coach Russ Hellickson that the doctor pulled down his shorts for a thumb injury. From NBC News:
“I remember I had a thumb injury and went into Strauss’ office and he started pulling down my wrestling shorts,” he said. “I’m like, what the f--- are you doing? And I went out and told [head coach] Russ [Hellickson] and Jim [Jordan] what happened. I was not having it. They went in and talked to Strauss.”
Accuser 1: Mike DiSabato
Former Ohiio State wrestler Mike DiSabato says the team doctor groped him dozens of times (and that Jim Jordan must have known about the doctor’s reputation). From ABC News:
“I never saw Doc Strauss over a nine-year time frame (including DiSabato’s time as a graduate student) where he didn’t ask me to — where I went to see him for medicine or whatever, finger injury, shoulder, knee — where he did not want to examine my testicles,” he said. “He groped. Every time.”
He said he was forced to let it happen.
“If you wanted your meds, if you wanted to stay healthy … so that you could stay on scholarship, you grinned and beared it, so to speak,” he said.
DiSabato later said his first interaction with Strauss was when he was a 14-year-old. Strauss, he said, was conducting research on body fat and high school wrestlers, and DiSabato was a subject.
The body fat test included a genital exam, something “I know (now) to be unnecessary,” DiSabato said.