Coleman clarifies statement that Rep. Jim Jordan knew about

Over 100 former Ohio State University students on 14 sports teams, including UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman, have accused OSU MD Richard Strauss of sexual misconduct, across a period from 1979 and 1997. US Representative for Ohio, Jim Jordan (R), who wants to replace GOP Rep. Paul Ryan as House speaker, was an assistant OSU wrestling coach during that time. Last month ‘The Hammer’ told The Wall Street Journal that Jordan must have known.

“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,” said Coleman. “I have nothing but respect for this man. I love this man. But he knew as far as I’m concerned.”

However, Coleman recently spoke with CNN and said he has no direct knowledge of what Jordan knew.

“Maybe I spoke without thinking,” said Coleman said Thursday. “This has absorbed my life. Since I’ve said that, it’s consumed me 24 hours a day, and I didn’t like the way it was heading, the direction it was heading.”

“I was angry and said words that I shouldn’t have said. He may have known about some locker room banter because we did joke about it in the locker room, but I don’t know of anyone ever reporting it to Jim Jordan directly.”

“I’m clarifying because it’s been on my mind for a long time and I feel guilty that this happened, and I wanted to clarify it. Not change it. I said what I said.”

OSU has hired the law firm of Perkins Coie to investigate the claims around the alleged abuse. The investigation is ongoing.

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