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"I don't know why he's taking shots at me", DiSabato said of Finkes, other than the fact that Jim Jordan and his brother, Jeff, who is also a well-known wrestling coach, "are in the middle of a firestorm that we did not create".

Michael DiSabato has accused the Ohio Republican, a two-time NCAA wrestling champion at the University of Wisconsin and a former Ohio State assistant coach, of turning a blind eye to allegations against Richard Strauss, who died in 2005. Jordan denied being aware of the abuse claims several months ago (the university said in April it was investigating) and repeated that denial Tuesday.

"I never knew of any abuse from Dr. Strauss, plain and simple", said Jordan, adding that the timing of the accusations "makes you wonder".

Male athletes from 14 sports at Ohio State have reported alleged sexual misconduct by Strauss, who was on the faculty and medical staff and published a variety of research.

Jordan's spokesman says the congressman never saw or heard about any abuse or had any abuse reported when he was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State.

"Conversations in the locker room are a lot different than allegations of abuse or reported abuse to us". Jordan said Wednesday that he knew nothing about any allegations against Strauss.

DiSabato says it was a running joke that no matter what ailment a person asked Strauss to look at, the doctor would always examine his genitals. Jordan's office initially said it had not been contacted by investigators.

"It's absolutely untrue the things that have been said about me".

Jordan, a powerful Republican congressman from OH who is a member of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, was the assistant wrestling coach at the university from 1986 to 1994.

The former wrestler claims that Jordan told him to "please leave me out of it" when he told the congressman he planned to go public with the accusations earlier this year.

DiSabato subsequently told CNN it was "laughable" that Jordan would feel threatened by his emails, describing Jordan as a "world caliber athlete, who is very aggressive in his actions" and a "bulldog".

DiSabato said the goal of the video was to provide university officials with firsthand accounts of the alleged abuse, and not just the versions of victims' testimonies that would be relayed by investigators with Perkins Coie, the law firm.

"I think Jim is in a position where he doesn't know what to say now", said DiSabato, blaming Jordan's stance on "terrible advice" from political advisers. "We all did", Dailey, 43, told NBC News.

In separate comments to CNN, Jordan appeared to suggest the allegations may be part of a larger scheme to ruin his career. "It was very common knowledge in the locker room that if you went to Dr. Strauss for anything, you would have to pull your trousers down".

"But to say that he had no knowledge of it, I would say that's kind of hurtful".


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