Coleman Says He Was Victim of Ohio State Doctor Misconduct

Mark Coleman, the inaugural UFC heavyweight champion, PRIDE Openweight Grand Prix 2000 winner and MMA legend, has come forward claiming to be a victim of a wrestling team doctor while he was at Ohio State University.

Ohio State is currently under heavy fire, as many students, including several wrestlers, have come forward and accused the late Richard H. Strauss of sexual misconduct — with cases taking place between 1979 and 1997 — and that the school had knowledge of the situation but chose to do nothing.

Coleman’s public relations team released a statement that said the MMA legend is willing to cooperate with authorities in the investigation. The statement also walked back an accusation made about school representative and former assistant coach Jim Jordan to the Wall Street Journal, where Coleman claimed Jordan — who worked as a coach from 1987 to 1995 — knew about the misconduct.

Coleman wrestled at Ohio State during his senior year after transferring from Miami University (OH), winning an NCAA title for the Buckeyes in 1986.

Strauss, in addition to his work as a team doctor for various men’s sports teams at Ohio State, worked in the college’s health center and was an assistant professor of medicine. Strauss committed suicide in 2005.

Original Story: MMA Fighting

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