SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ A.J. Perez discusses the main points surrounding the sexual abuse claims in opposition to former Ohio State crew physician Richard Strauss.
Retired Ohio State wrestling coach Russ Hellickson sought support for Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan from two former wrestlers he coached who accused Jordan of ignoring sexual abuse allegations voiced against a team doctor, in accordance to a broadcast report Wednesday.
Hellickson despatched textual content messages final month to Dunyasha Yetts and Mike DiSabato asking them to support Jordan, NBC News reported. Yetts and DiSabato got here ahead earlier this yr to allege former crew physician Richard Strauss dedicated sexual abuse and harassment, and stated Jordan had data of it when he was an assistant coach on the faculty between 1986 to 1994 and failed to take motion.
“I’m sorry you got caught up in the media train,” Hellickson wrote in a textual content message to Yetts on July four. “If you think the story got told wrong about Jim, you could probably write a statement for release that tells your story and corrects what you feel bad about. I can put you in contact with someone who would release it.”
Jordan, who’s looking for to succeed retiring Speaker of the House Paul Ryan if the Republicans retain a majority, has stated on a number of events that he had no data of Strauss’ misconduct whereas he was assistant coach at Ohio State.
More than 100 former students — together with former student-athletes from 14 sports activities — have advised unbiased investigators employed by Ohio State they have been victims of Strauss, the college introduced final month. Strauss, who died by suicide in 2005, labored at Ohio State for 20 years, together with greater than a decade as a crew physician.
Yetts advised NBC News final month that he advised Hellickson and Jordan about Strauss flattening his shorts when he sought remedy for a thumb damage. Yetts stated Hellickson reached out a day after NBC News’ report, first through textual content after which by cellphone.
“I told him, ‘I’m going to contradict you, coach, because I’m telling the truth,’ ” Yetts advised Hellickson, per NBC News.
DiSabato stated he acquired related overtures from Hellickson.
“He said Jimmy was telling him he had to make a statement supporting him and he called to tell me why he was going to make it,” DiSabato advised NBC News.
Hellickson was amongst a bunch of former wrestling coaches who put out a press release of support for Jordan on July 9.
“At no time while Jim Jordan was a coach with me at Ohio State did either of us ignore abuse of our wrestlers. That is not the kind of man Jim is, and it is not the kind of coach that l was,” Hellickson stated within the assertion.
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