Skip to comments.Former Ohio State Wrestler Recants Claim That Jim Jordan Knew Of Sexual Abuse
Posted on 08/10/2018 9:22:47 AM PDT by gr8eman
A former Ohio State University wrestler is recanting his claims that Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan knew of sexual abuse allegations against a university physician when he coached wrestling at the school over 20 years ago.At no time did I ever say or have any direct knowledge that Jim Jordan knew of Dr. Richard Strausss inappropriate behavior, Mark Coleman, a former MMA fighter who wrestled at Ohio State when Jordan coached there, said in a statement.I have nothing but respect for Jim Jordan as I have known him for more than 30 years and know him to be of impeccable character.
Coleman is the first former OSU wrestler to recant his claims that Jordan knew about sexual abuse at the hands of Dr. Richard Strauss, an OSU physician accused of molesting dozens of student-athletes.
Jordan, who was an assistant coach at OSU from 1986 to 1994, was first linked to the allegations against Strauss in an NBC News article published July 3. A former wrestler named Mike DiSabato led the push to accuse Jordan of turning a blind eye to Strausss behavior. Jordan, who is mounting a bid for Speaker of the House, has vehemently denied knowing about Strausss actions. He has said that he would have taken action had he known about them. OSU is conducting an investigation into Strauss, who committed suicide in 2005.
Coleman, DiSabato and six other former wrestlers said Jordan must have known about the allegations because they were a topic of frequent conversation in the OSU wrestling program. Wrestlers and other athletes claimed Strauss would fondle them during physical examinations. (RELATED: Before Media Campaign, Jim Jordan Accuser Sought Settlement From OSU)
Coleman told The Wall Street Journal on July 5 that he believed Jordan knew about Strausss behavior.Theres no way unless hes got dementia or something that hes got no recollection of what was going on at Ohio State, he said.I have nothing but respect for this man, I love this man, but he knew as far as Im concerned.
Coleman is also distancing himself from DiSabato, a sports marketing executive who has sued Ohio State University in the past. Mike DiSabato and his PR representative have released information and made statements publicly without my authorization and, in my opinion, are using them to exploit and embarrass The Ohio State University, Coleman said in his statement. (RELATED: Jim Jordan Accusers Have Sketchy History, Raising Questions About Their Authenticity)I am distancing myself from Mike DiSabato as he is not my manager and does not speak for me. I am also disappointed with many of the public statements made by Mr. DiSabato and his personal attacks on individuals employed by the university and others.
Though Coleman is backtracking from his claims against Jordan, he maintains that he was a victim of Strausss. I was a victim of Dr. Strauss and like many others, I wish to cooperate with the investigation to see that whatever justice is available is achieved, he said.
Now he needs to cut Jordan a big fat check or file bankruptcy .
There MUST be some recourse for these LIES!
I agree. Soros money is behind this Jim Jordan smear job.
Coleman should be asked what prompted his false charge against Jim Jordan in the first place.
This guy needs to be the one that doesn't have a seat when the music stops.
...Coleman should be asked what prompted his false charge against Jim Jordan in the first place...
I don’t think there is much doubt in anyone’s mind about what is behind these attacks
It’s too late, Coleman. You already defamed Jim Jordan and I hope he sues you.
Frikkin’ morons think you can say anything about anybody and you’re untouchable. Who do you think you are, a Clinton?
Sounds like a rather emphatic denial rather than a recantation.
Someone is lying, either Coleman or the WSJ.
Remember that it was the Clinton people Perkins Coie law firm behind all this.
Right here on Free Republic....
The check probably didn’t clear.
Yes...that or Jordan’s lawyer got to him!
Did Soro’s check bounce or what?
Uh oh - someone needs to tell Rotten Paul Ryan that he backed the wrong horse in this race - sounds like John Kasuck is sending out the wrong signals. Would love to see Postman Jr’s Face when Jordan is elected Speaker of the House.
People are just sloppy in their thinking. Believing that someone could have known/should have known becomes “they absolutely knew.” Happens all the time.
Rrpublicans are to fu*king stupid and conciliatory to ever fight back!
JIM JORDAN for SPEAKER of the HOUSE
Is there any way to indict Perkins-Coie for anything? Arent they the ones representing these putrid wrestlers?
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