(National Sentinel) Denial: A former Ohio State wrestler who initially said that Rep. Jim Jordan “knew” about sexual abuse allegations against a university doctor when he coached at the institute more than two decades ago.
“At no time did I ever say or have any direct knowledge that Jim Jordan knew of Dr. Richard Strauss’s inappropriate behavior,” Mark Coleman, a former MMA fighter who wrestled at the university when Jordan coached there, said in a statement, according to The Daily Caller.
“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.”
But that’s not what he said about the Ohio Republican just last month.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Coleman directly accused Jordan of knowing — and right about the time he was declaring his intention to seek the Speakership of the House.
He said: “There’s no way unless he’s got dementia or something that he’s got no recollection of what was going on at Ohio State. I have nothing but respect for this man, I love this man, but he [Jim Jordan] knew as far as I’m concerned.”
Jordan vehemently denied the allegations when they were made. And he blasted fake news central CNN for attempting to contact dozens of former OSU wrestlers to get ‘dirt’ on the House Freedom Caucus bulldog.
“Now @CNN is contacting all 100+ of our former staff and interns asking for dirt on me. Getting desperate! How can you ever trust such #fakenews?” he wrote.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) July 11, 2018
The Daily Caller noted further:
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 Strauss’s behavior.
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.
Coleman is also distancing himself from DiSabato, who has filed suit against OSU before.
But let’s also never forget who threw Jordan under the bus: The current speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.
“These are serious allegations and issues,” a spokesman for Ryan told USA Today in an email. “The university has rightfully initiated a full investigation into the matter. The speaker will await the findings of that inquiry.”
Ryan can’t be gone soon enough.