Hollywood star George Clooney is producing a docuseries about reported sexual abuse of athletes at Ohio State University. The story is another scandal of abuse of power and the higher-ups looking the other way like with the US women’s gymnastic team and the Penn State football team.
But this story has one thing that those don’t have, the ability to take a few swipes at Jim Jordan. Jordan was the assistant coach of the wrestling team at Ohio State from 1987 to 1995 and the left have been trying to take him down because of it since the scandal broke.
Jordan denied any knowledge of the abuse but you can bet Hollywood will not be kind to him. This scandal did not gain any traction with the public when it broke so one wonders why they are even making it? If Jim Jordan wasn’t the assistant coach here does Clooney do this project?
The left is already hinting it is a hit piece with the Huffington Post running a headline about the project: ‘George Clooney To Produce Docuseries On Athlete Sex Abuse Where Jim Jordan Coached’
The docuseries will be based on a Sports Illustrated article by writer Jon Wertheim about the allegations against the late Ohio State sports doctor Richard Strauss.
From Sports Illustrated:
A native of Fremont, Ohio, Coleman was an All-America wrestler at Miami of Ohio before transferring to Ohio State in the fall of 1986 for his senior season.
Having played competitive sports his entire life, Coleman had experienced enough preseason athletic physicals to know the minor discomfort they entailed.
But he was completely unprepared for what came next as he stood alone in a room with Strauss, then the official doctor for five OSU sports programs and consulting physician for at least 10 others.
Strauss asked Coleman to undress and, under the guise of a medical examination, inappropriately touched Coleman. “He examined me pretty good. It was an eye-opener,” Coleman says, pausing. “I don’t want to go further than that.”
At practice, Coleman inquired about Strauss. His questions were greeted with levity and laughter.
The slightly-built doctor with the heavily gelled hair who could be alternatively charming and prickly, and spoke in an effeminate voice edged in awkward nervousness? Who would not only lurk during practices, sitting naked on locker room benches, but then shower alongside the athletes?
Who fondled athletes’ genitals during examinations, regardless of their injury? For years, Strauss and his “handsiness” as more than one former Buckeye athlete put it to Sports Illustrated, made for both an open secret and a running joke within the OSU athletic department.
So much so that each sport seemed to have coined a different shorthand for Strauss. For athletes in one sport he was “Dr. Feel Good.” For another, he was “Dr. Jelly Fingers.”
There was also “Dr. Balls,” “Dr. Nuts” and “Dr. Drop-Your-Drawers.” Some OSU coaches used the mock threat of “having to see Dr. Strauss” as motivation to make their athletes run faster or practice harder.
“This article uncovers the most widespread sexual abuse scandal in the history of American higher education,” Wertheim said in a press release.
“It is a story about power, abuse, enabling and the hierarchy of college sports that had been concealed for far too long.
“Because these courageous men made the decision to remain silent no longer, we can finally begin to hold the abuser, and those who were complicit in their silence, accountable for their actions – and inactions. With the help of 101 Studios, Authentic Brands Group and Smokehouse Pictures, their voices and stories — harrowing as they are — will be amplified.”
Check out the picture used to promote the story if you have any doubt about what is going on here.