Former OSU wrestler who accused Rep. Jim Jordan of ignoring abuse changes story

A conservative group that has been defending embattled Rep. Jim Jordan released a quote from a former Ohio State University wrestler on Thursday in which he appears to recant his claim that the congressman — when he was an assistant coach — knew that the team doctor was sexually abusing the athletes.

Mark Coleman, who is also a former UFC world champion, said in a press release supplied by Shirley Banister Public Affairs that his previous comments “were not accurate.”

“At no time did I ever say or have any direct knowledge that Jim Jordan knew of Dr. Richard Strauss’ inappropriate behavior,” Coleman said in the release. “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.”

Coleman could not be reached to corroborate the comment put forward by the conservative group. But it stands in contrast to what he told the Wall Street Journal on July 5 — two days after NBC News first reported allegations from three other wrestlers that Jordan had must have known about to the alleged abuse by Dr. Richard Strauss. One of the wrestlers even said that he talked to Jordan about the doctor’s behavior.

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