Adam DiSabato, a former captain on the Ohio State wrestling team, claims Rep. Jim Jordan begged DiSabato to disavow his brother’s allegations that Jordan was aware of sexual misconduct by the team’s then-physician Richard Strauss against male wrestlers.

Jordan was an assistant coach with OSU’s wrestling program at the time.

Fox News’ Tyler Olso explains:

DiSabato called Jordan’s action part of a “cover-up.”

Jordan, a former assistant wrestling coach, has denied multiple times knowing about any sexual abuse while he was at Ohio State. DiSabato’s comments came as the state’s House Civil Justice Committee was considering legislation to allow victims to sue Ohio State for sexual abuse by a doctor who was employed there for 20 years.

Strauss committed suicide in 2005.

“Ohio State is too arrogant,” DiSabato said. “They think it’s going to go away. Jim Jordan called me crying, crying, groveling, on the Fourth of July, begging me to go against my brother. Begging me, crying for a half hour. That’s the kind of cover-up that’s going on there.”

“Another lie,” Jordan spokesman Ian Fury said in a statement to Fox News. “Congressman Jordan never saw or heard of any abuse, and if he had he would have dealt with it.”

Despite DiSabato’s testimony, an independent report stated that it couldn’t “identify any other contemporaneous documentary evidence indicating that members of the OSU coaching staff, including head coaches or assistant coaches, received or were aware of complaints regarding Strauss sexual misconduct.” 

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