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Spokesman insists Rep. Jordan is telling truth about wrestlers' charges

By Jack Torry • Aug 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM

WASHINGTON — A spokesman for Rep. Jim Jordan insisted the GOP congressman has told "the truth" about whether he ignored complaints of sexual abuse by an Ohio State team doctor just one day after NBC News reported former OSU wrestling Coach Russ Hellickson urged two ex-wrestlers to support Jordan.

While Jordan's press secretary Ian Fury did not specifically deny the NBC story, he said Hellickson and six former Ohio State wrestling coaches signed a statement this month saying "at no time" when Jordan was an assistant wrestling coach at OSU did he "ignore" accusations that a team physician abused members of the wrestling team.

"Seven coaches have said exactly what the congressman said," Fury said. "Many wrestlers have echoed those comments and support for the congressman. Why are they all saying the same thing? Because it's the truth."

NBC reported that Hellickson contacted former wrestlers Dunyasha Yetts and Mike DiSabato and asked them to support Jordan. According to NBC, Hellickson made the contacts just one day after the two charged Jordan ignored their complaints they were being abused by team doctor Richard Strauss.

Strauss committed suicide in 2005.


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