Tiffany Strauss-Gordon Bio – Tiffany Strauss-Gordon Wiki
Tiffany Strauss-Gordon, the daughter of a former California athletic trainer whose father was a legendary high school football coach, is accused of sexually abusing teen football players dating back more than a decade, according to a recently filed lawsuit.
Tiffany Strauss-Gordon is 45 years old.
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The daughter of a California high school football coaching icon has been accused of sexually abusing several football players between 2002 and 2006 when she was the athletic trainer for the team.
Citing a recently-filed lawsuit, the Los Angeles Times, CBS News, and the East Bay Times all report that Tiffany Strauss-Gordon allegedly abused six varsity football players while she was the trainer at Colton High School.
Strauss-Gordon is the daughter of the late Harold Strauss, who, for years, served as the head coach for the school’s Yellowjackets football team.
Strauss-Gordon, who has not been criminally charged, began working for the district around 2001. She was most recently the athletic director at Grand Terrace High School.
The reports indicate that school officials in Grand Terrace confirmed Strauss-Gordon was on a leave of absence.
According to the reports, the lawsuit alleges that Strauss, other players, their parents, and officials at Colton High School were all aware of the “special treatment” Strauss-Gordon is alleged to have extended to the team’s star players but looked the other way. PEOPLE reached out to the school and did not immediately receive a response.
The suit alleges that Strauss-Gordon performed oral sex and sexual intercourse with the players — a practice students had dubbed “getting spatted,” referencing how trainers tape a football player’s shoes to prevent ankle sprains.
The six players, all in their 30s now, were between the ages of 14 and 17 at the time of the alleged abuse.
According to the reports, the lawsuit alleges the abuse unfolded inside the varsity players’ locker room as well as in training rooms, weight rooms, classrooms, bathrooms, homes, and in vans to football-related events.
Additionally, according to the East Bay Times, the lawsuit alleges students widely shared a picture allegedly depicting Strauss-Gordon performing oral sex on one of the team’s coaches.
One of the plaintiffs, identified as “John Doe 7044,” alleges that Strauss-Gordon specifically targeted him and the other alleged victims because they were from low-income families and often needed rides or food money.
“I think the fact that we were a bunch of poor kids, nobody had the thought to protect us outside the football field,” he said, according to the reports.
Paul Wallin, one of the attorneys retained by Strauss-Gordon in the event she faces criminal charges, spoke to the Los Angeles Times.
“Our client has no criminal record of any nature and has been athletic director involved with students for over two decades with no allegations of wrongdoing ever been brought in all that time by any student,” Wallin told the paper.