From the time a former Ohio State wrestler came out and made the claim via Perkins Coie, the law firm behind the Trump/Russia dossier that now seems to be a fraud, something about the claims that Rep. Jim Jordan ignored sexual abuse allegations made by his athletes just didn’t work.
For one thing, the allegations are over twenty years old. For another, the man who stands accused of actually doing the misconduct, team physician Dr. Richard Strauss, died over ten years ago. Third…who in their right mind would molest a wrestler?
“What has been said about Jim Jordan is absolutely wrong,” the coaches, which include former OSU wrestling head coach Russ Hellickson, said in a joint statement Monday.
“We all worked on the wrestling coaching staff during Jim’s tenure at The Ohio State University. None of us saw or heard of abuse of OSU wrestlers. The well-being of student-athletes was all of our concern. If we had heard of any abuse, we would have spoken up.”…
“I fully believe that Jim did not know of any allegations of sexual abuse by Dr. Richard Strauss at the Ohio State University. Jim is a leader that was very protective of his athletes,” Rex Holman, a former OSU assistant coach, said in a statement.
Remember, these are wrestlers. These are guys that will take an opponent apart at the least opportunity.
The main agitator in the whole thing as represented by Perkins Coie is one Mike DiSabato, a former OSU wrestler, and a man who owns a line of wrestling gear. Funny thing, when this story was still local, before one of the front-runners for Speaker of the House was accused of atrocities after getting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to show his true colors on national television, a prominent conservative blogger, Sundance at Conservative Treehouse, received this via email:
*Note*, before this story hit the major headlines, CTH received an email about this story surfacing and how it likely was constructed to target Jim Jordan for political damage. That email is below. CTH is not revealing the name of the sender.
SUBJECT: “Ohio State made NIKE the sole vendor”!!
The only named and quoted source in this garbage Jim Jordan story is Mike DiSabato of Columbus Ohio.
I am well acquainted with Mike back from when I had a sideline writing/covering college wrestling and MMA for some websites.
Mike is a known scumbag. He is in the athletic apparel business and owns Cage Fighter, a semi well known brand of fighting and wrestling gear.
He also was the driving force behind Agon, a short-lived wrestling promotion where everyone involved was cheated out of their money.
Mike has been sued REPEATEDLY for breach of contract by almost everyone he has worked with. It is well documented.
If you check his Twitter account, @thenotoriousmds, you will see he is a wacky left winger supporter of Bernie Sanders who repeatedly retweets Nancy Hogshead-maker, herself a fraud and one of the leading public voices behind advocacy for the current enforcement if Title IX in varsity sports (aka a “quota queen”).
Mike has a personal vendetta against Ohio State and Jim’s brother, Jeff.
He is mad at Ohio State because they made Nike the sole vendor for athletic gear for every sport back in January. Before this Cage Fighter provided the gear for the Wrestling program (which is now a BIG TIME program)
Jeff, Jim’s Brother is the head wrestling coach at Graham high school in St Paris Ohio, one of the 5 most prestigious high school wrestling programs in the country. Jeff and some partners started the apparel line RUDIs which they now use to supply their team gear, no longer doing business with DiSabato and Cage Fighter.
Since ending their relationship with Cage Fighter, DiSabato has been out for blood and is lashing out at Jim to get back at Jeff and Ohio State.
He’s even been attacking 22 year old OSU alum, Olympic and World champ Kyle Snyder, whom I’ve been around since middle school. Kyle, as far as I can tell, is a young man of absolutely impeccable character.
Kyle recently signed a sponsorship deal with RUDIs
That definitely puts a different spin on things.
Now that the nation is riled up about Rep. Jordan, it very much looks like he’s been targeted for a smear by an old adversary, using the same sort of tricks that brought down any number of people who cannot defend themselves against charges that are decades old. Thankfully, enough of his former colleagues think enough of Rep. Jordan to come to his defense. And one source, name withheld, thinks enough of him to give his nemesis the tag of the scumbag.