“Gym” Jordan, Accused Of Ignoring Sexual Abuse Of Wrestlers, Proclaims Gaetz’s Innocence Drawing Ridicule

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) drew widespread ridicule online Wednesday after proclaiming that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was innocent of any allegations involving underage sex trafficking.

Jordan, who has long been one of Gaetz’s staunchest congressional allies, told CNN’s Ryan Nobles that “I believe Matt Gaetz” is innocent after it was revealed on Tuesday night that he’s being investigated by the Department of Justice for potentially having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old.

The Ohio representative and former Ohio State University wrestling coach was accused last year by a former team captain of aiding and abetting in the university’s cover-up of sexual abuse within the program, during testimony before Ohio state legislator.

“Jim Jordan called me crying, groveling, begging me to go against my brother, begging me, crying for a half-hour,” DiSabato said Wednesday. “That’s the kind of cover-up that’s going on there.”

Adam DiSabato, captain of the team during the early 1990s, told members of the Ohio House Civil Justice Committee that Jordan and other officials ignored former Ohio State doctor Richard Strauss’s sexual abuse of wrestlers from 1979 to 1997. DiSabato said that Jordan and other team officials knew about open-shower facilities that facilitated sexual harassment and abuse of team wrestlers. Jordan has previously denied the allegation.

A university study found that Strauss abused at least 177 people during his tenure as the wrestling team’s doctor. Strauss was never charged and died by suicide in 2005.

A former Ohio State wrestler told the university’s lawyers in 2018 that, “Based on testimony from victim athletes from each of the aforementioned varsity sports, we estimate that Strauss sexually assaulted and/or raped a minimum of 1,500/2,000 athletes at OSU.”

Jordan’s statement declaring Gaetz’s innocence drew instant ridicule online, with many calling on