Former UFC heavyweight champion Mark Coleman has become the fifth former Ohio State University wrestler to claim that GOP Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio), co-founder of the powerful conservative House Freedom Caucus, knew about allegations of sexual misconduct by wrestling team doctor Richard Strauss while serving as the school’s assistant wrestling coach for nearly a decade in the 1990s.
Coleman, who roomed with Jordan during team trips and says he considers the lawmaker a friend, told The Wall Street Journal that unless Jordan has “dementia,” he knew about the allegations surrounding Dr. Strauss.
“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 said. “I have nothing but respect for this man, I love this man, but he knew as far as I’m concerned.”
Jordan has denied any knowledge of the claims that Strauss conducted full-body examinations of athletes for even minor injuries, as well as showered with team members.
“I would have done something about it,” Jordan said in an interview with Politico. “If there was abuse, we want justice done. There’s no room for this kind of behavior.”