‘Yeah, That’s Strauss’: Lawsuit Claims Jim Jordan Ignored Report of Doctor Masturbating in Front of Wrestling Ref

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A referee alleges in a lawsuit that when he advised Rep. (R-Ohio) that now-disgraced physician masturbated in entrance of him in a bathe, Jordan did nothing.

The professional referee is recognized solely as John Doe in court docket paperwork, reported NBC News on Thursday. In 1994, when Jordan was an assistant coach on Ohio State’s wrestling staff, the ref alleges, Strauss carried out the intercourse act in entrance of him in a bathe after he labored a match.

John Doe says the now-Congressman shrugged it off.

“Yeah, that’s Strauss,” Jordan and then-head coach Russ Hellickson advised Doe, in keeping with the lawsuit.

Jordan — an excessive loyalist to President Donald Trump — has taken on an more and more outstanding position inside the GOP amid the impeachment inquiry. Republicans are contemplating including him to the Intelligence Committee days earlier than public impeachment hearings are scheduled to start, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday.

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Jordan has repeatedly denied that he knew in regards to the abuse carried out by Strauss. The longtime Ohio State physician — who died by suicide in 2005 — abused not less than 177 male college students, in keeping with a report from the college launched in May. But the referee alleges it was an open secret.

“It was common knowledge what Strauss was doing so the attitude was it is what it is,” he advised NBC News. “I wish Jim, and Russ, too, would stand up and do the right thing and admit they knew what Strauss was doing, because everybody knew what he was doing to the wrestlers. What was a shock to me is that Strauss tried to do that to me. He was breaking new ground by going after a ref.”

Former Ohio State wrestler Dunyasha Yetts was the primary to state publicly that he advised Jordan about Strauss’ conduct. Yetts mentioned he advised his coaches that when he went to see Strauss for a thumb damage, the physician pulled the wrestler’s pants down.

“It’s good that people are starting to come forward and say the truth, which is that Jordan and the other coaches knew what was going on and they blew it off,” Yetts advised NBC News.

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Jordan claimed vindication when the report from Ohio State discovered no exhausting proof he knew in regards to the abuse.

“It confirms everything I said,” he advised reporters on the time. “If we’d have known about it, we’d have reported it.”

But the report did discover that many in Ohio State acknowledged rumors of abuse had been rampant and that Strauss went out of his method to bathe with wrestlers. And staff members who competed for Jordan in the ‘80s and ‘90s continued to say the previous coach knew about Strauss’ conduct, the New York Times reported.

Cover: Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, left, and, Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., proper, communicate to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, close to the world the place the interviews for the impeachment inquiry are being held. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)