Former Ohio State Wrestler Backs Off Claim Jim Jordan Knew About Sexual Abuse

One of the former Ohio State University wrestlers who accused Jim Jordan (R-OH) of turning a blind eye to sexual abuse is now saying he doesn’t know for sure if the congressman knew what was going on when he used to work as the school’s assistant wrestling coach. Last month, Mark Coleman said that unless Jordan is suffering from “dementia,” there’s no way he didn’t know about Dr. Richard Strauss‘ inappropriate conduct with numerous members of the wrestling team. However, Coleman has released a new statement saying his previous comments “were not accurate or were misconstrued by media outlets.” “At no time did I ever say or have any direct knowledge that Jim Jordan knew of Dr. Richard Strauss’s inappropriate behavior,” said Coleman in the statement. “I was angry and said words that I shouldn’t have said.” “Maybe I spoke without thinking…He may have known about some 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.” Coleman also said that his earlier comments have “been on my mind for a long time and I feel guilty that this happened, and I wanted to clarify it.” “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,” Coleman told CNN. “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.” [Image via screengrab] — —
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