UFC Hall-of-Famer Mark Coleman opened up about being sexually assaulted as a collegiate wrestler. “The Hammer” competed for the NCAA Division I team of Ohio State University in his senior year in 1986 when he said the abuse happened.
- Coleman accused the school physician Dr. Richard Strauss of assaulting “more than 350 athletes.” Strauss apparently had nicknames like “Dr. Jelly Fingers,” “Dr. Nuts,” and “Dr. Drop-Your-Drawers.”
- As for his personal experience, Coleman said Dr. Strauss “examined” him “pretty good.” He refused to delve into specifics, but he described the encounter as an “eye-opener.”
- As legend around campus had it, Dr. Strauss sat naked in locker rooms and “fondled athletes’ genitals” during physicals “regardless of injury.” Coleman stated that such actions were laughed off and downplayed as a “running joke.” He adds that none of his teammates perceived it as a form of sexual assault.
- Coleman also revealed that he feared the potential backlash if he spoke up. He “felt powerless” because Dr. Strauss “controlled” his future as an elite college wrestler and Olympic competitor at the time.
- Now 55-years-old, Coleman came to realize how this ordeal turned him into an angry individual growing up.
- Dr. Strauss committed suicide in 2005. On the other hand, Coleman went on to be one of the most respected pioneers in mixed martial arts. Known as “the Godfather of Ground-and-Pound,” he became the first UFC heavyweight champion in 1997. He was inducted into the UFC Hall-of-Fame in 2008.