Rep. Jim Jordan emphatically denied allegations that he intentionally overlooked widespread sexual abuse of wrestlers whom he coached decades ago, telling POLITICO in a late Tuesday night interview that he would have taken action had he known of the alleged behavior.
The Ohio Republican, a former assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University, refuted accusations that he was aware of the university’s sports physician molesting student-athletes. Three former team wrestlers told NBC News that Jordan knew about the alleged abuse — or would have had to been willfully ignorant not to be aware of what they called an open secret.
But the co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus said his accusers are lying. Jordan said he would not have hesitated to come forward to report sexual abuse. “It’s not true,” Jordan said. “I never knew about any type of abuse. If I did, I would have done something about it. And look, if there are people who are abused, then that’s terrible and we want justice to happen.”
Lawyers for Ohio State University say they got no response from Jordan when they asked about the allegations back in April. Jordan denies that he was ever contacted by them.