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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