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Former Ohio State wrestler back claim, Jim Jordan knew of sexual abuse

Former Ohio State wrestler Mark Coleman, left, on Thursday seemingly reversed course on an earlier assertion that the Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, right, was aware of cases of alleged sexual abuse of students by a team doctor, while he was a wrestling coach at the Ohio State University.

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A former Ohio State wrestler, on Thursday, apparently reversed course on an earlier assertion that the Republican Rep. Jim Jordan was aware of the fact, in cases of alleged sexual abuse of students by a team doctor, while he was a wrestling coach at the Ohio State University.

To clarify Mark Coleman released a statement via a public relations company, in which he tried “, not comments attributed to him were correct or incorrect by the media.”

The company, the statement is that employment in the Jordan campaign in order to respond to the claims.

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To have “no time did I ever say, or have no direct knowledge that Jim Jordan knew of Dr. Richard Strauss ‘inappropriate behavior” was quoted Coleman as saying in the statement. “I have nothing but respect for Jim Jordan, as I’ve known him for more than 30 years, and know him, of impeccable character.”

Male athletes from 14 different sports at Ohio State have reported alleged sexual misconduct by Strauss, the work on the faculty and medical staff, and has published a variety of research. Strauss died in the year 2005, in what was ruled a suicide.

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Jordan is the assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State between 1986 and 1994. Strauss worked as a team physician from the mid-1970s to the end of the 1990s.

Coleman was quoted in a July report from The Wall Street Journal doubts that Jordan is unaware of the accusations.

“There is no way, unless he has dementia or something, he has no memory of what was going on at Ohio State,” Coleman said of the legislature. “I have nothing but respect for this man, I love this man, but he knew, as far as I’m concerned.”

Jordan has claimed that he is not aware of cases of abuse, told Fox News’ Baier Bret in an interview on “Special Report” last month that he had “never seen, never any kind of abuse, never said that.”

“We would have dealt with if we knew something happened,” he said.

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Coleman is also trying to separate himself from Mike DiSabato, an ex-wrestler who claimed Jordan had knowledge of the allegations.

“Mike DiSabato and his PR representatives, the information and statements published publicly without my permission and, in my opinion, you are exploit to embarrass The Ohio State University,” Coleman said Thursday in the statement. “I do not dissociate myself from Mike DiSabato, as he is my manager and not for me to speak. I am also the many of the public statements made by Mr DiSabato and his personal attacks on people, the employees of the University and other disappointed.”

Coleman, who rank at the Olympic games in 1992, and later became a UFC champion, went on to say that he was taking Strauss’s alleged victims and wants to play with the investigators ” to see that everything that justice is out of reach, is reached.”

Fox News’ Matt Richardson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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