The number of voices accusing Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of knowing about sexually abusive behavior during his time as assistant coach of the Ohio State University wrestling team is growing.
Joining the chorus is former UFC world champion Mark Coleman, according to The Wall Street Journal, who said Jordan would have to have “dementia or something” to truthfully claim he knew nothing of the abuse.
“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,” Mr. Coleman, the mixed martial arts champion, said of Mr. Jordan in an interview Wednesday. Messrs. Coleman and Jordan roomed together on several wrestling trips, Mr. 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 consistently denied allegations that he was aware of Dr. Richard Strauss’s and said this week if he had known, “I would have done something about it.”
But the five former wrestlers claiming otherwise continue in disbelief as Jordan maintains ignorance.
The controversy over how much the Ohio Republican lawmaker may have known at the time could affect the career trajectory of one of the most influential conservatives in the House. Mr. Jordan helped found the House Freedom Caucus, a group of roughly three-dozen conservative Republicans, and said he has been considering a run to succeed departing House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.).
“These are serious allegations and issues. The university has rightfully initiated a full investigation into the matter. The speaker will await the findings of that inquiry,” Doug Andres, a spokesman for Mr. Ryan, said in a statement.
President Donald Trump entered the fray Thursday, telling reporters: “I believe Jim Jordan 100 percent. He’s an outstanding man.”