George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures are partnering with Sports Illustrated Studios to produce a docuseries about sports journalist Jon Wertheim’s cover story detailing the decades-long abuse scandal in the athletic department at Ohio State University.
Wertheim broke the in-depth expose “Why Aren’t More People Talking About the Ohio State Sex Abuse Scandal?” for Sports Illustrated on Oct. 5, 2020, which revealed the list of over 350 alleged allegations against former Ohio State sports doctor Richard Strauss. The story detailed the student’s encounter with Strauss, who was described as “smart and manipulative.” It was also reported that Strauss personally disbursed steroids to athletes.
Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan has been accused of participating in the scandal’s cover up. Speaking to Ohio state legislators last year, a former captain of the university’s wrestling team said that Jordan begged him to deny Ohio State doctor Richard Strauss’s sexual abuse of wrestlers from 1979 to 1997