(National Sentinel)Â Denial: A former Ohio State wrestler who initially said that Rep. Jim Jordan “knew” about sexual abuse allegations against a university doctor when he coached at the instituteÂ more than two decades ago.
â€œAt no time did I ever say or have any direct knowledge that Jim Jordan knew of Dr. Richard Straussâ€™s inappropriate behavior,â€ Mark Coleman, a former MMA fighter who wrestled at the university when Jordan coached there, said in a statement, according toÂ The Daily Caller.
â€œI 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.â€
But that’s not what he said about the Ohio RepublicanÂ just last month.
In an interview withÂ The Wall Street Journal, ColemanÂ directly accused Jordan of knowing — and right about the time he was declaring his intention to seek the Speakership of the House.
He said:Â â€œThereâ€™s no way unless heâ€™s got dementia or something that heâ€™s got no recollection of what was going on at Ohio State. I have nothing but respect for this man, I love this man, but he [Jim Jordan] knew as far as Iâ€™m concerned.â€
JordanÂ vehemently deniedÂ the allegations when they were made. And he blasted fake news centralÂ CNN for attempting to contact dozens of former OSU wrestlers to get ‘dirt’ on the House Freedom Caucus bulldog.
â€œNow @CNN is contacting all 100+ of our former staff and interns asking for dirt on me. Getting desperate! How can you ever trust such #fakenews?” he wrote.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) July 11, 2018
The Daily Caller noted further:
Coleman is the first former OSU wrestler to recant his claims that Jordan knew about sexual abuse at the hands of Dr. Richard Strauss, an OSU physician accused of molesting dozens of student-athletes.
Jordan, who was an assistant coach at OSU from 1986 to 1994, was first linked to the allegations against Strauss in an NBC NewsÂ articleÂ published July 3. A former wrestler named Mike DiSabato led the push to accuse Jordan of turning a blind eye to Straussâ€™s behavior.
Coleman, DiSabato and six other former wrestlers said Jordan must have known about the allegations because they were a topic of frequent conversation in the OSU wrestling program. Wrestlers and other athletes claimed Strauss would fondle them during physical examinations.
Coleman is also distancing himself from DiSabato, who has filed suit against OSU before.
But let’s alsoÂ never forget who threw Jordan under the bus: The current speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.
â€œThese are serious allegations and issues,â€ a spokesman for Ryan toldÂ USA TodayÂ in an email. â€œThe university has rightfully initiated a full investigation into the matter. The speaker will await the findings of that inquiry.â€
RyanÂ can’t be gone soon enough.