The reckoning at Michigan State over former sports physician and serial sex abuser Lawrence G. Nassar was long overdo. The public is now learning of yet another institutional coverup of sex abuse that has deep political ramifications.
Dozens of former athletes at OSU have come forward to accuse former university doctor Richard Strauss of molesting them. Those speaking out experienced the alleged abuse between the 1970s and the early 1990s.
Strauss killed himself in 2005.
A reoccurring theme among the men’s stories is the general silence of OSU staff members who knew about Strauss’ pernicious behavior, including former assistant coach of the university’s wrestling team Jim Jordan.
Jordan has since become an influential conservative member of Congress currently angling for speakership of the House.
Taking a page from Trump’s playbook, Jordan has accused the “deep state” of spreading lies to tarnish his image. This attempt to explain away the corroborating stories of dozens of Strauss’ victims is pathetic.
While the courageous men who have come forward seek justice, the conservative movement continues to shirk accountability for its leaders.