last week, former ohio state university wrestler adam disabato flatly and publicly accused rep. jim jordan of lying about his knowledge of sexual abuse at the hands of their former team doctor, the late richard strauss.
disabato made the accusation during a legislative hearing in columbus in support of house bill 429, which would allow victims to sue the university.
红包扫雷源码免费下载during his testimony, disabato said jordan called him repeatedly, “crying, groveling” and begging him to dispute the claims of abuse from disabato’s own brother, michael.
红包扫雷源码免费下载the disabatos are two of dozens of former wrestlers who have filed lawsuits against ohio state for ignoring complaints about strauss, who worked at osu for two decades from the 1970s into the 1990s.
红包扫雷源码免费下载disabato has lodged a deeply serious accusation. if jordan knew and did nothing, it would disqualify him from public service.
if he didn’t know, as he adamantly insists, it seems pretty remarkable, given that an independent investigation has confirmed 177 incidents did happen and given how small athletic communities are.
abuse of trust
红包扫雷源码免费下载perhaps the complaints about strauss simply didn’t register, as when joe paterno was told about jerry sandusky’s sexual assaults on children at penn state university. paterno failed to grasp the gravity of the situation until it was too late.
perhaps, back then as now, it’s assumed that male athletes, and wrestlers no less, ought to be able to defend themselves from unwanted touching, even though they’re taught from childhood to trust their coaches and trainers.
in november, a retired ncaa referee who’s a co-plaintiff in a lawsuit against ohio state, said he told jordan about strauss in the mid-1990s and that jordan shrugged off his concerns.
红包扫雷源码免费下载to be fair, jordan would not be solely responsible here even if it’s shown he knew something and didn’t act. enough athletes complained about strauss for enough years that it should have been grounds for his immediate dismissal and the filing of criminal charges. not only did ohio state fail to fire strauss, but he was also allowed to retire with tenure.
红包扫雷源码免费下载it took his own conscience to render judgment. he killed himself in 2005.
at least a dozen former wrestlers have come to jordan’s defense, arguing there’s no way he would have allowed such behavior had he known what strauss was doing.
红包扫雷源码免费下载according to news reports, disabato has had his share of troubles, too, as have some other wrestlers who have accused jordan of dereliction of duty.
columbus monthly magazine reports disabato has had a years-long, bitter feud with ohio state. in 2018, he was charged and convicted of telephone harassment, the result of a dispute with a sports agent.
what’s tragic is they all should be on the same team — namely holding ohio state responsible and ensuring such abuse never happens to another athlete.
it’s too bad jordan isn’t as doggedly vocal and determined to fight for the abused wrestlers as he is in fighting for the president. going to the mat for donald trump has made jordan “saturday night live” famous.
but jordan wasn’t sent to washington to defend donald trump. he was elected to serve the american people.
红包扫雷源码免费下载if there’s any cause for which he should be yelling, protecting college athletes from systematic abuse should be it.
红包扫雷源码免费下载— reach charita at 330-580-8313 or firstname.lastname@example.org. on twitter: @cgoshayrep.