Two former Ohio State wrestlers say Jordan hasn't been truthful when asserting he was unaware of allegations that a now-dead team doctor was abusing athletes.
Mike DiSabato, who says he was one of Strauss's victims, insisted on CNN Wednesday that he told Jordan about the abuse while he was at OSU. "I believe him 100 percent", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One while traveling to Montana.
Ohio State announced in April that it is investigating Strauss' tenure as a team doctor, which lasted from the mid-1970s to the late 1990s.
In an interview with multiple reporters recorded by CNN, Jordan acknowledged he was once friends with former Ohio State wrestler Mike DiSabato, but said he hadn't heard claims that Dr. Richard Strauss, who died in 2005, sexually abused team members during the two decades when Strauss served as the team's doctor. The source added that the messages were vaguely threatening in nature in part because of the amount of emails sent, and that Jordan did not respond to the emails because he felt the man was "bullying him"'.
"We knew of no abuse, never heard of abuse".
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Dunyasha Yetts, the captain of the wrestling team for the 1993-1994 season, who was named in the NBC story, also implicated the congressman. He said that Mr. Jordan asked him not to get him involved. He goes, 'Oh I need to check for a few things down here, ' " the man says.
A spokesman for Mr. Jordan, a founder of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus who represents a solidly Republican district in OH, said the congressman was unaware of any abuse.
DiSabato said the goal of the video was to provide university officials with firsthand accounts of the alleged abuse, and not just the versions of victims' testimonies that would be relayed by investigators with Perkins Coie, the law firm.
DiSabato, whose allegations earlier this year sparked the investigation into Strauss' tenure at Ohio State, called Jordan a "liar".
DiSabato, of Dublin in suburban Columbus, also told the AP that Jordan had direct knowledge of the Strauss allegations. "We all did", Dailey told NBC News. Jordan was among the people Yetts told about groping the first time in happened in 1992, Yetts told The Associated Press Tuesday. He recalled an incident where Strauss - whose locker was next to Jordan's - had dressed after a shower to leave the building, but then disrobed and went back in for another one after noticing a favorite athlete entering the shower room.
"I love Jimmy to death", the ex-wrestler said.