WASHINGTON — Representative Jim Jordan denied claims Tuesday that he knew about alleged sexual abuse of wrestlers at Ohio State University three decades ago and failed to act.
Jordan, an Ohio Republican, responded after two former OSU wrestlers told NBC News that he must have known about abuse allegations against Richard Strauss, a former doctor in Ohio State’s athletics department. Jordan served as assistant wrestling coach at the university from 1987 to 1995.
‘‘Congressman Jordan never saw any abuse, never heard about any abuse, and never had any abuse reported to him during his time as a coach at Ohio State,’’ Ian Fury, a Jordan spokesman, said. ‘‘He has not been contacted by investigators about the matter but will assist them in any way they ask, because if what is alleged is true, the victims deserve a full investigation and justice.’’
The allegations come at a critical time for Jordan, whom conservative groups have endorsed as a replacement for House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is not running for reelection.