We wanted to write a story about former UFC and Pride champion Mark Coleman and his noble act of bravery. It’s 2018 and it is a horrible time to be a sexual predator. After years of getting away with some of the grossest, evilest crimes known to man, victims are speaking up more than ever and horrible people are being held accountable for their crimes.
This is a good thing and a step in the right direction.
This week Coleman found his voice and admitted while he was a wrestler at Ohio State he was a victim of sexual misconduct by team doctor Richard Strauss. The alleged sexual abuse affected 100s of athletes at Ohio State throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Dr. Richard Strauss is dead, rotting in some hole where nobody will ever miss him, but the scar he left with all his victims still remains.
From the AP story about Coleman coming forward yesterday (Aug. 9)
“Former UFC champion Mark Coleman says he’s among the victims of a now-dead Ohio State team doctor who’s been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 100 former students.
Coleman released a statement Thursday saying he wants to cooperate with investigators.”
Like everything in life here is where the story goes from a black and white story to a shade of grey. This should be all about Coleman’s brave move to come forward as a victim. If Mark “freaking” Coleman, certified badass and all around good guy, can be victimized by sick twisted people in power then it can happen to any man or woman we may know.
Mind numbing and horrifying what one human would do to another human.
Also wondering if Jordan promised Coleman entry into OSU’s HOF? Or perhaps help with his medical bills?
— J.Mo💘 (@Joys_Desk) August 10, 2018
This where Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) comes into the story and things get both complicated and political. Jordan was an assistant coach at Ohio State when Dr. Richard Strauss was preying on his victims.
Last month in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Coleman let Jordan have it in a quote.
“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.”
Five former wrestlers have come forward and said Jordan knew of the sexual abuse going on.
One month later Coleman is now saying Jordan never saw or had any knowledge of Strass’s victims. Why the change heart? Who knows but it’s probably for complicated reasons than we’ll ever truly understand. More grey areas.
Politics aside and other motives aside, future victims of sexual abuse will benefit from Mark Coleman coming forward. For that, The Hammer deserves props for his courage.