Yesterday, 37 former athletes at the Ohio State University filed a lawsuit against the institution– the fourth such lawsuit to be filed since news of the sex abuse scandal plaguing the university’s athletics department broke.
A majority of the plaintiffs in this case are football players, and have chosen to remain anonymous.
The inclusion of football players is expected to focus vastly more attention on this suit than previous suits filed, although all of them could eventually be consolidated into one guaranteeing more attention for plaintiffs who sued earlier.
According to the New York Times, the new suit claims university officials “aided, abetted and actively concealed” sexual assaults by Dr. Richard H. Strauss during his tenure as an athletic department doctor.
The suit means more bad press for the university, which recently released a 182-page report detailing assaults.
But it also could mean more bad press for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Lima).
Neither the report nor the suit name Jordan. However, the report named very few officials full stop. Jordan’s office has maintained that the report cleared him, despite the report only failing to namecheck him, as was the case with the majority of officials referenced in the report.
If the lawsuit reaches court, the lawyer leading it has pledged to call Jordan as a witness, along with other coaches, administrators, and relevant personnel.
According to the Times, Wright, the lawyer, said of Jordan Wednesday “We want to know what he knew, when he knew it and what he did with the information.”
Jordan has consistently maintained he did not know of any alleged abuse.
However, the wide array and sheer volume of athletes suing could cause some tracking the scandal to query how that could possibly be true.
The university could, of course, choose to settle the lawsuit and avoid the prospect of a full trial with voluminous testimony being given– testimony that could potentially clear Jordan or incriminate him.
For now, though, stories like these are not helpful for the Lima congressman.
We’ll continue to track these cases.