Jim Jordan Denies Knowledge of Ohio State Abuse: Locker Room Conversations Different From Reported Abuse


Congressman Jim Jordan sat down tonight with Fox News’ Bret Baier, who grilled him on the allegations he turned a blind eye to sexual abuse when he was a coach at Ohio State University.

Jordan again denied that he was ever “told about any type of abuse.”

Baier played video of a former Ohio State wrestler, Mike DiSabato, saying on CNN earlier this week, ““I know Jim knew about what I called the deviant sexual atmosphere that we were exposed to.”

DiSabato said it was “something that we would discuss on a regular basis, mainly with nervous banter.”

“Conversations in a locker room,” Jordan told Baier, “are a lot different than allegations of abuse or reported abuse to us. I mean, I’ve been in the sport of wrestling my entire life… Conversations in a locker room are a lot different than people coming up and talking about abuse. No one ever reported any abuse to me. If they had, I would have dealt with it.”

At one point during the interview, after Jordan emphasized the same point again, Baier asked, “Did you hear it in a locker room?”

Jordan said, “No. No, no type of abuse––we did not hear that.”

Baier asked, “Something short of abuse that may be considered abuse now in this current time?”

“Did not, did not,” Jordan responded.

The congressman spoke with Baier following a new report from Politico with testimonies from six former wrestlers who said he had to have known. One claimed “he saw Jordan yell at male voyeurs to get out of the sauna,” but the report notes his office “refuted this account.”

You can watch part of the interview above, via Fox News.

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