Bo knew: son of former U of M football coach told Schembechler about team doctor sexual abuse
NOVI, Mich. (WJRT) -(06/10/21) Matt Schembechler-son of Hall of Fame head football coach Bo Schembechler-- joins hundreds of former University of Michigan student athletes to reveal he too--- was a victim of sexual abuse by former U of M team doctor Robert Anderson.
Schembechler says Anderson first abused him in 1969 when he was just 10 years old. Sent to the doctor by his father Bo.
“I understand the reverence that people have for my including Jim Harbaugh, but I know the truth. Anderson abused me and countless over 3 decades and it’s clear the culture of abuse at the University of Michigan has not changed,” said son, Matt Schembechler.
Also at today’s press conference-- Gilvanni Johnson. A student athlete at U of M from 1982 to 1986. He says he treated and abused by Dr. Anderson more than 15 times.
Johnson was one of the unnamed players in a 240-page report paid for by the university found that Anderson, sexually abused patients on “countless occasions.”
“People are saying that Bo didn’t know he didn’t know. And the only way that was gonna get out is for me myself to come out to let people know, he didn’t know. I told him myself. And our relationship from that point, went down hill,” said former U of M athlete, Gilvanni Johnson.
Daniel Kwiatkowski played under coach Schembechler in the late seventies. He says he was treated and abused by Dr. Anderson four times.
“I was raped as far as I was concerned during my freshmen year,” said former U of M athlete, Daniel Kwiatkowski.
Attorneys for the men are once again-- asking the university for transparency.
“I’m going to make that request right now, waive privilege, if you’re not hiding anything release everything in that report,” said attorney, Mick Grewal.
Following Thursday’s press conference, the University of Michigan did put out a statement -- reading in part:
“Our sympathy for all of Anderson’s victims is deep and unwavering, and we thank them for their bravery in coming forward.”
Adding, “We are committed to resolving their claims and to continuing the court-guided confidential mediation process”
The statement went on to outline the polices U-of-M has in place -- to protect student health and safety.
That includes a misconduct policy -- and requiring sexual misconduct training.
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