(Apologies to Siouxi Sue and the Banshees.)
We now have 6 former athletes who are confirming that Gym Jordan had to know about all the peeping going on, or in fact did know because they told him:
A half-dozen ex-wrestlers told POLITICO they were regularly harassed in their training facility by sexually aggressive men who attended the university or worked there. The voyeurs would masturbate while watching the wrestlers shower or sit in the sauna, or engage in sexual acts in the areas where the athletes trained, the former wrestlers said.
…The situation was so egregious that former wrestling head coach Russ Hellickson would at times have to physically drag the gawkers out of the building, several sources familiar with his actions at the time said. Hellickson also pleaded with the university multiple times to move their athletes to a private facility, the sources said. Jordan served as Hellickson’s No. 2, and the coach has been described as Jordan’s mentor.
…which certainly makes it sound like he chose to remain in the dark. But wait there’s more!
Multiple former wrestlers have accused Jordan, a National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee, of being among the faculty members who turned a blind eye to inappropriate behavior by the late Richard Strauss, the university’s former athletic doctor. Strauss allegedly preyed on male students during physicals, groping them to the point of making them ejaculate, according to one nurse who witnessed it and recounted the story in a video produced by alleged victims and obtained by POLITICO.
That would be difficult to explain except as intentional sexual assault, but Jordan gives it a try:
“Conversations in a locker room are a lot different than allegations of abuse,” the powerful congressman told Fox News’ Bret Baier. “No one ever reported any abuse to me. I would have dealt with it.”
Asked if he ever heard any locker-room banter about what Dr. Richard Strauss was allegedly doing, Jordan replied, “No. No. No type of abuse. We did not hear that.”
Now, I’ll go on record in saying that guys and gals are not that different about reporting being victims of sexual abuse. Men know that they will be subjected to scrutiny rather than believed (just like women). Men being molested by other men will be scrutinized about their masculinity. It’s not locker room talk for men to say that they were molested, that’s a kind of intimate sharing that most men will not do, let alone in front of group of their peers in a locker room.
Gym Jordan is in real trouble. He could probably bluff his way out of a couple of accusations, say that they are some how conspiring against him (but why?). And sure, some of the six have criminal records unrelated to what happened at OSU. However, most do not have any record and no other axe to grind.