Earlier today, the Big Ten Conference announced that it was canceling the 2020-21 college football season due to the danger from coronavirus, disappointing millions of fans and possibly setting off a domino effect that will lead to other major athletic conferences following suit and putting football off until next spring at the soonest.
Immediately after the Big Ten released its decision, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) went on Twitter and all but demanded that college football be played, no matter what the consequences might be:
America needs college football.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) August 10, 2020
While we can endlessly debate whether it’s wise to have athletes engage in sports in the middle of a pandemic, Jordan isn’t exactly that right messenger for the cause. If you aren’t aware why, consider these facts from Jordan’s past, when he was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University:
“Jordan was an assistant wrestling coach with the Ohio State University’s (OSU) wrestling program from 1987 to 1995. Ohio State University began an independent investigation in April 2018 into allegations of sexual misconduct by former wrestling team physician Richard Strauss; Strauss was the team physician during Jordan’s tenure as assistant coach. Strauss committed suicide in 2005.
“In early June 2018, at least eight former wrestlers said that Jordan had been aware of, but did not respond to, allegations of sexual misconduct by Strauss. Jordan’s locker was next to Strauss’s, and Jordan spent so much time in the locker room that he created and awarded a ‘King of the Sauna’ certificate to the member of the team who spent the most time in the sauna ‘talking smack.'”
Jordan is accused of knowing that student athletes were being sexually abused and yet doing nothing to report or stop what he saw. Though he has denied the charges, the congressman has never provided any evidence of his innocence in the matter.
As you might expect, Jordan was reminded of his sordid past by others on Twitter:
More shower fantasies, Gym-bo? pic.twitter.com/yIyrTCyeFd
— Captain Qwark (@Qwarktastic2) August 10, 2020
Wow!… you never protected your wrestlers from perverts and now you’re pushing these young men to risk sickness and possibly death for a sport?
“Great job” protecting the sanctity of life. 🤦🏻♀️👎🏼#JimJordanKnew #GymJordan #VoteBlueToSaveAmerica #VoteOutTheGOP
— KRB ✌🏼 (@KRBarner) August 10, 2020
“Jim Jordan called me crying…crying…groveling on the 4th of July. Begging me to go against my brother!”https://t.co/SJAduE6Qwq
— (((Edelweißpirat))) Trump ist ein Verräter (@crandallgold) August 10, 2020
He only wants to watch them shower, the sports are just to make the young men sweaty.
— HollyBiggs (@hbiggsrochester) August 10, 2020
Jim hates the thought of all those locker room showers empty and unused.
— JRehling (@JRehling) August 10, 2020
Your wrestlers needed you to stand up for them, Gym.
What America NEEDS is to get the #TrumpVirus under control.
— D Villella ❄️ (@dvillella) August 10, 2020
Jim Jordan is the last person that should be speaking on anything that involves the safety of college athletes.
— Mike Yarbrough (@MikeIsWrong) August 10, 2020
What about college wrestling? Isn’t watching wrestlers get molested by the school doctor and not reporting it your area of expertise, Gym?
— Pissed Off 😡 Until Further Notice 🆘 (@ResisterDude) August 10, 2020
Here’s some free advice for ya, Jimbo: Hide your head in shame, delete your Twitter account, and stay away from our children.