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Former Olympian and UFC champion Mark Coleman is among the over 100 former students at Ohio State University to say he was a victim of a former doctor, who is accused of sexual abuse. Initially, he also implicated current Republican congressman Jim Jordan, who was an assistant wrestling coach at the time. Coleman said Jordan had to have known about the abuse, and did not intervene to end it. Via

“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,” Coleman told The Wall Street Journal about Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who was an assistant wrestling coach during the time the doctor is accused of abusing athletes. “I have nothing but respect for this man. I love this man. But he knew as far as I’m concerned.”

Jordan denies that he knew about the abuse, and claimed if he had known, he would have stopped it. Now, Coleman has clarified his comments to CNN, saying that he has no direct knowledge that Jordan knew for certain.

“Maybe I spoke without thinking,” 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,” Coleman 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 (the earlier statement) because it’s been on my mind for a long time and I feel guilty that this happened, and I wanted to clarify it,” he said. “Not change it. I said what I said.”

Jordan is looking to replace the outgoing Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House. He expressed frustration at CNN for investigating the allegations that he turned a blind eye to the abuse.


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