"Conversations in a locker room are a lot different than allegations of abuse, or reported abuse to us", Jordan replied. The Fox News host pointed out that multiple wrestlers who praised Jordan, also maintained that he definitely knew about the abuse.
Jordan has denied that he knew about allegations of abuse by Strauss, who joined Ohio State's clinical faculty in 1978 and served as a team physician in the athletics department from 1981 to 1995 before retiring in 1998.
President Donald Trump on Thursday offered his support to Jordan and said he believes the congressman didn't know about the alleged abuse. He said he believes Strauss abused 1,000 to 2,000 young athletes.
Jordan's denial conflicts with descriptions that the alleged abuse was rampant and well known in OSU wrestling circles.
"There's no way unless he's got dementia or something that he's got no recollection of what was going on at Ohio State", Mr. Coleman, the mixed martial arts champion, said of Mr. Jordan in an interview Friday. We're happy to talk with the folks doing the investigation. Sources tell Fox News that Jordan had previously forwarded the emails to Chief of Staff Kevin Eichinger and Jordan's attorney.
Vitter appeared to be referring to a report published Thursday by the conservative Daily Caller, which noted two of Jordan's accusers, Mike DiSabato and Dunyasha Yetts, had histories of engaging in troubling business dealings. However, the law firm representing Ohio State contradicted that statement in a statement of its own, so it's not clear that Jordan is being entirely forthcoming about anything at this point.
"The one wrestler who claims that he directly reported this to Jim Jordan also reportedly had just gotten out of 18 months in jail for bilking investors out of about $2 million". He goes, 'Oh I need to check for a few things down here, ' " the man says.
Jordan said that DeSabato had a "a criminal record".
Jordan, a powerful member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is a staunch Trump supporter.
Shawn Dailey told NBC that he was abused by former team doctor Richard Strauss a half-dozen times during his wrestling career at the school. "We all did", Dailey, 43, told NBC News.
Yetts, an operations manager for a gas drilling company, said Tuesday he has paid his debt for past mistakes.
A source in Jordan's office, who described the emails as " freakish, seemingly unhinged", told ABC News the lawmaker received the emails on his personal account and they were turned over by his staff to Capitol Police for their expert assessment. A Twitter account that appeared to be DiSabato's retweeted the NBC News story Tuesday.