Exclusive: Former OSU wrestlers speak out about abuse from Dr. Richard Strauss
The firestorm is continuing to grow over allegations of abuse by former OSU team doctor, Richard Strauss.
On Sunday, we sat with former OSU wrestlers Duyasha Yetts and Rocky Ratliff. The two men were members of the team in the early '90s.
Both Yetts and Ratliff outlined countless incidents with Dr. Strauss. "He would basically massage your genitals, and then he would take your penis and go up over, left, right, and he would continue that for 5 minutes," said Ratliff.
Yetts added, "And you're thinking... What are you looking for... and literally I had to push him back a little bit."
The men also revealed new information to us about staffers and those close to the program who they claim knew of the problems with Dr. Strauss and a culture of sexual harassment at the teams training facility. Those staffers include former wrestling head coach Russ Hellickson, and congressman Jim Jordan.
Yetts also shared recent text messages he says are from Hellickson, urging him not to speak to the media about the controversy and what Congressman Jordan may know.
"I don't understand why Jimmy would say that. He didn't know when I personally, as a team captain, had conversations with him. I was screaming at the top of my lungs about Strauss, about Larkins and the guys on that team know that!" said Yetts.
The two men tell ABC6/FOX28 that they believe their coaches tried to address the issue, but nothing was ever done. However, say they're disappointed at what now appears to be a cover up to bury the past.
"So why now that we're victims... and we've come out and the story has broke... why now have they taken a different approach?" Ratliff added.
The two are considering a lawsuit against the university. They're waiting for the investigation into the allegations against Dr. Strauss to be completed.
They told ABC6/FOX28 that they're choosing to speak out on the abuse to prevent this from happening to any other athletes.
Ohio State has released a statement on the accusations:
The Ohio State University remains actively committed to uncovering what may have happened and what university leaders at the time may have known.
Investigators with the university have interviewed more than 200 former students and staff members as they try to get to the bottom of what happened.