“He called me crying, groveling..”
Courtesy of TPM:
Adam DiSabato, a former captain of Ohio State University’s wrestling team, testified on Wednesday that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) had begged him in 2018 to repudiate allegations that the congressman was aware of the former wrestling team doctor’s sexual abuse of the student wrestlers.
During a hearing on a bill in Ohio’s general assembly that would allow Dr. Richard Strauss’ victims to sue OSU, DiSabato recalled that Jordan, who served as the team’s assistant coach from 1987 to 1995, kept calling him in July 2018 after DiSabato’s brother, Michael, and several other former wrestlers publicly accused Jordan of ignoring Strauss’ abuse.
“Jim Jordan called me crying, groveling … begging me to go against my brother. … That’s the kind of cover-up that’s going on there,” DiSabato told Ohio lawmakers, according to Cleveland.com.
Ian Fury, Jordan’s communications director, told TPM in an emailed statement that the Republican lawmaker “never saw or heard of any abuse, and if he had he would have dealt with it.”
Fury had a more aggressive response in his statement to Cleveland.com, blasting DiSabato’s account as “another lie.”
Jordan has denied that he knew anything about the sexual abuse bur DiSabato’s response to that was to call Jordan a “coward” and claim that he was “throwing us under the bus, all of us.”
Jim Jordan is a particularly skeezy individual who has never demonstrated that he has one ethical bone in his body.
He is one of the most partisan politicians in Washington and based on his overall demeanor my only surprise is that he himself has not been accused of sexual abuse.
Update: Here is that wrestling captain testifying.
WATCH: “Jim Jordan called me, begging me to change my story. To go against my brother. I had to get my lawyer to tell him to stop. That’s the kind of cover up it is. He’s a coward.”
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) February 13, 2020
Oh, that is brutal testimony.
I think Jim Jordan is done.