The college on the time required that athletes undergo a bodily, administered by Dr. Strauss, earlier than being allowed to compete, “which meant that systematic sexual abuse from Dr. Strauss was inevitable,” the lawsuit mentioned.
Wrestlers who’ve spoken in regards to the abuse have mentioned that the physician’s conduct throughout physicals was an open secret within the locker room, with athletes referring to him as “Dr. Jellypaws.”
The pair of lawsuits collectively element three separate episodes spanning twenty years through which athletes spoke out in regards to the physician’s conduct: The captain of the wrestling workforce complained to a different physician on the scholar well being heart; one other wrestler complained to the pinnacle coach; and two wrestlers confronted the athletic director.
The head coach on the time, Russ Hellickson, has denied that he knew in regards to the abuse, however he mentioned he did confront Mr. Strauss about lingering too lengthy within the showers with the wrestlers.
News reviews cited within the lawsuit additionally element how the power the place wrestlers practiced, Larkins Hall, was dwelling to a “cesspool of deviancy,” through which males affiliated with the college would ogle athletes within the showers.
Stephen Estey, a lawyer representing 4 former wrestlers who’ve filed a lawsuit in opposition to the college, mentioned on Friday that he was getting “inundated” with calls from folks saying that they had been abused by Dr. Strauss. He expects that an extra 20 to 25 plaintiffs will be part of the lawsuit, and that a whole bunch of former college students will ultimately come ahead.
“There were many red flags that O.S.U. ignored,” Mr. Estey mentioned, pointing to reviews that athletes on the time complained in regards to the physician’s misconduct. “By not taking any action at the time, O.S.U. exposed hundreds of kids to his abuse.”
Mr. Jordan and his ardent denials of misconduct have thrust the tight-knit Ohio wrestling neighborhood into the nationwide information media, and into disarray. Eight former wrestlers, together with a former Ultimate Fighting Champion superstar, have publicly accused Mr. Jordan of realizing in regards to the abuse, however a platoon of former wrestlers and coaches has come to his assist, drawing battle traces amongst some members of the neighborhood.