Former UFC champion Mark Coleman says he was sexually abused by a doctor in the state of Ohio

Mark Coleman, (pictured, in Las Vegas in 2009) said in a statement that he was willing to cooperate with the authorities investigating the alleged serial predator, Dr. Richard Strauss.

Former UFC champion Mark Coleman said on Thursday he was among the victims of a doctor from the Ohio State team now dead, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 100 former students.

Coleman, who fought for Ohio State in the late 1980s and later became an Olympic champion, said in a statement that he was willing to cooperate with authorities investigating the alleged serial predator, Dr. Richard Strauss.

He also said he never saw or was directly aware that Republican Congressman Jim Jordan knew about sexual misconduct when he was an assistant coach in the state of Ohio from 1987 to 1995.

Coleman previously said that Jordan must have known about the abuse, but on Thursday he insisted that he no longer agrees with the comments.

Mark Coleman, (pictured, in Las Vegas in 2009) said in a statement that he was willing to cooperate with the authorities investigating the alleged serial predator, Dr. Richard Strauss.

Strauss in 1978

Strauss in 1978

Mark Coleman, (left, in Las Vegas in 2009) said in a statement that he was willing to cooperate with the authorities investigating the alleged serial predator Dr. Richard Strauss (right, in 1978)

"Maybe I spoke without thinking," Coleman told CNN. This has absorbed my life. Since I said that, it consumed me 24 hours a day, and I did not like the way it was going, the direction it was headed.

"I was angry and said words that I should not have said, I may have known of some costume joke because we joked in the locker room, but I do not know anyone who has directly informed Jim Jordan.

I had previously told the Wall Street Journal representative that Jordan should know about the abuse "unless he has dementia or something."

More than 100 alumni have provided first-hand accounts of inappropriate sexual behavior at the hands of Strauss, Ohio State University, revealed earlier this month.

More than 200 alumni and university employees were interviewed by independent investigators who reviewed allegations against Strauss that involved male athletes from 14 sports, as well as their work at the student health center and their off-campus medical office, the university president said. , Michael Drake.

"We are grateful to those who have come forward and remain deeply concerned about anyone who may have been affected by Dr. Strauss's actions," said Drake. "We remain firmly committed to discovering the truth."

Ohio State has urged everyone with information to contact the investigators at the Perkins Coie law firm, based in Seattle, who are investigating the allegations, what the university officials knew, and how they responded to any concerns about Strauss.

The university said the researchers plan 100 or more additional interviews.

Representative Jordan was one of the previous interviews. He has always denied the claims of some fighters that he knew about the abuse when he was assistant coach in the state of Ohio.

Former athletes say they expressed verbal concerns about Strauss as early as 1978, near the start of his two decades at the university.

Ohio State has a record of at least one documented complaint against Strauss. The 1995 documentation shows that the then director of the student health center said that a student's complaint about being inappropriately touched by Strauss during a test was the first complaint he received.

Independent researchers are reviewing allegations of men from 14 sports at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio (pictured in 2001) about Strauss

Independent researchers are reviewing allegations of men from 14 sports at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio (pictured in 2001) about Strauss

Independent researchers are reviewing allegations of men from 14 sports at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio (pictured in 2001) about Strauss

The documentation that former student Steve Snyder-Hill obtained from the state of Ohio this week shows that he complained about Strauss by phone, not by letter, as he had remembered, and received a letter from the director, Ted Grace.

Grace now leads student health services at Southern Illinois University. He refused to comment through a spokesperson there.

Numerous athletes claimed in the presentation that such ignorance could not have been possible at Larkins Hall, where many teams practiced and university employees exercised.

There are stories of Strauss and others lingering in the showers to look at the youngsters, looking around the bathroom stalls and through the sauna window.

One former fighter said the center was full of "creepy people", while many, including a former coach, said they complained countless times.

Russ Hellickson, the wrestling coach who came to Ohio State in the mid-1980s, said he often caught men practicing sex in the team's practice room and on a nearby staircase.

"It became a real problem because it affected the mental state of many of our wrestlers," he said in a video distributed by one of the former members of his team.

& # 39; There were times when athletes would face people & # 39;

Hellickson, who trained in the state of Ohio from 1986 to 2006, said he had numerous conversations with an official in charge of campus recreation and other university administrators.

Former athletes say they expressed verbal concerns about Strauss as early as 1978, near the start of his two decades at the university.

Former athletes say they expressed verbal concerns about Strauss as early as 1978, near the start of his two decades at the university.

Former athletes say they expressed verbal concerns about Strauss as early as 1978, near the start of his two decades at the university.

But, he said, nothing changed for years until the team moved to a new training facility near the end of his term.

"All of my administrators recognized that it was a problem for me," Hellickson said in the video.

Jordan, who joined Ohio State in 1986 and was an assistant coach from 1987 to 1995, has said he knew nothing about lascivious behavior at Larkins Hall.

Independent investigators are reviewing allegations of men from 14 sports on Strauss.

Accusations that Strauss caressed male athletes during physical exams and medical treatment date back to the seventies.

He retired as a professor in 1998 and then moved to California, where he committed suicide in 2005 at age 67.

And former Ohio state fighters Mike DiSabato and Dunyasha Yetts say it would have been impossible for Jordan not to know because they told him directly about the abuse of Strauss.

"I consider Jim Jordan a friend," DiSabato told NBC News. "But at the end of the day, he is absolutely lying if he says he does not know what was going on."

DiSabato said he contacted Jordan and told the congressman that he planned to make public his accusations.

Jordan told him to "please, leave me out," DiSabato said. & # 39; He asked me not to involve him. & # 39;

There are stories of Strauss and others lingering in the showers to look at the young, look over the bathroom stalls and through the sauna window in Larkins Hall (pictured)

There are stories of Strauss and others lingering in the showers to look at the young, look over the bathroom stalls and through the sauna window in Larkins Hall (pictured)

There are stories of Strauss and others lingering in the showers to look at the young, look over the bathroom stalls and through the sauna window in Larkins Hall (pictured)

Yetts, who fought at Ohio State in 1993 and 1994, said he and others told Jordan about Strauss.

"I remember that I had a thumb injury and went to Strauss' office and started taking off my fight shorts," he recalled.

I'm like, what are you doing? And I went out and told Russ and Jim what happened. I was not having it. They came in and talked to Strauss.

Yetts said he and his teammates talked to Jordan numerous times about his interactions with the doctor.

The Republican representative of the United States Jim Jordan was one of the previous interviews. He has publicly denied the claims of some fighters that he knew about the abuse when he was an assistant coach in the state of Ohio.

Former athletes say they expressed verbal concerns about Strauss as early as 1978, near the start of his two decades at the university.

Ohio State has a record of at least one documented complaint against Strauss. The 1995 documentation shows that the then director of the student health center said that a student's complaint about being inappropriately touched by Strauss during a test was the first complaint he received.

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan (pictured in Washington on July 12) has faced claims that he knew about the abuse, which denies

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan (pictured in Washington on July 12) has faced claims that he knew about the abuse, which denies

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan (pictured in Washington on July 12) has faced claims that he knew about the abuse, which denies

The documentation that former student Steve Snyder-Hill obtained from the state of Ohio this week shows that he complained about Strauss by phone, not by letter, as he had remembered, and received a letter from the director, Ted Grace.

Grace now leads student health services at Southern Illinois University. He refused to comment through a spokesperson there.

Numerous athletes claimed in the presentation that such ignorance could not have been possible at Larkins Hall, where many teams practiced and university employees exercised.

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