Thursday, July 5, 2018

Hey, Jim, When Your Buddies Are Admitting That You Knew The Team Doctor Was Molesting Students You Should Face The Fact

I have to admit, especially after his performance as a member of the corrupted House Judiciary Committee, proving he was both corrupt and incompetent ("subpoena phone-calls"), I found satisfying the revelations that, as a wrestling coach, Jim Jordan turned a blind eye to sexually molestation of students by his staff.   My first reaction was that it couldn't have happened to a more deserving creep.  And that's on top of his role as one of the Republican-fascist inquisitors in the corrupt Republican House majority.   If he doesn't at the least lose his seat over this, it is an injustice.  And there is 100% more reason to believe he is guilty as accused than there ever was that Hillary Clinton was guilty of something.

Even his friends are saying he knew about it.

Jordan, a prominent Republican from Ohio, was an assistant coach at OSU from 1986-94. NBC reported on Tuesday that three former OSU wrestlers described the alleged abuse by Strauss as common knowledge and that he assaulted as many as 2,000 student athletes from 1978-98.

“I considered Jim Jordan a friend,” Mike DiSabato, one of Strauss’s accusers, told NBC. “But at the end of the day, he is absolutely lying if he says he doesn’t know what was going on.”

If there's one thing we have learned in the various sports sex abuse scandals of the past decade, it is that the culture of sports is, if anything, worse than the culture of clerical hierarchy at protecting coaches and other athletic staff.   Penn State was all the proof you need of that, years and years of deified, lionized coaches and assistant coaches covering up the rape of young boys in the locker room, witnessed and discussed among themselves, not reported to the police.   Something that went on for years and years, not exposed until someone else revealed it.   Watch for Jordan and his Republican supporters to try to rally support for him on the basis that he was a sports coach.  That's what generally happens when jocks rape and sexually harass people, it's how they get away with it for years if not decades.  There is something really twisted about the culture of sports.

I am not inclined to allow politicians who have practiced inquisitorial methods in public hearings to be held to a standard more lenient than the one they, themselves, engage in and hope to profit from.  Jordan deserves the same treatment he and his colleagues gave to Rod Rosenstein, Hillary Clinton and others who they decided to use for their political gain.   I think politicians, judges, justices, public officials living by the rules they practice should be the rule for them.


  1. Another LBJ anecdote recalled (belatedly): He wanted to start a scurrilous rumor about an opponent. When told the allegation wasn't true, he said " I wanna see him deny it!" Harsh, but true. And besides, Jordan's defense is to say he's the 3 monkeys: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. A deaf and blind idiot, in other words.

  2. Adding: in a Fox News interview, Jordan now says he heard about the abuse ("locker room talk," he calls it), but didn't know about the abuse. A lawyerly distinction that will not help him.