Friday, July 13, 2018
Comment and Response to the Jim Jordan Wrestlegate Post, Part 2
Yes, I'm politically biased. Not overly. Just about right, IMHO!
We agree Jordan's a douchebag deluxe. If this white-hot spotlight takes him down a peg or makes him quit, I'm all for it. Politics can be nasty business, it's tough shit and all is fair. Jordan is not immune just because you think it's "not right", i.e. unfair. Little Jimmy's gonna have to buck up.
That some people have vouched for him -- "He's a good guy." -- is not the issue. Jordan was asked if he knew about Dr. Strauss's sexual abuses, and he flatly denied all knowledge of it. The issue is this: Is Jordan's denial the truth or a lie?
We're now up to 8 former wrestlers who say Jordan definitely knew of Strauss's misdeeds. They say they spoke to him about it definitely and directly. They're definitely not all criminals or sports merchandisers with axes to grind. They seem credible to me. Why would they lie about this?
You suggest it's to get money from OSU. Well, yeah. But it's not about merchandising rights now. These guys are asking for compensation for themselves and for others for sexual assault endured at the hands of Dr. Strauss. The first accusers may not get everything they want, when they want it, but eventually they'll get something, because OSU will sooner or later be paying a lot of money to a lot of people to settle this thing.
To their credit, the university (my alma mater) has been investigating this matter since April, and their probe continues. They know what Richard Strauss did, and they know that other coaches and administrators knew about it for a long time. Ultimately, some will admit their knowledge and others, like Jordan, will deny it. Jordan is not the scapegoat for all the sins of the long-dead doctor. He's just the very public face of the cover-up.
For now, I'm done. You may have the last word if you wish. I promise I'll post it. (I've given the the last word to the lovely Mrs. Gammons for over 30 years, a habit which has made me the broke-down piece of man I am today! JK!)