NOVI, Mich. -- Matt Schembechler, son of former University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler, and two former Wolverine players, say Bo knew about the repeated sexual abuse by former university doctor Robert Anderson but did nothing to stop it.
Speaking at a press conference in Novi on Thursday, Schembechler, Dan Kwiatkowski and Gilvanni Johnson laid out claims that they reported abuse by Anderson to the coach, only to go ignored, as the doctor continued to abuse patients for the better part of three decades.
A 240-page report commissioned by the university found that Anderson sexually abused patients, with reports saying there are upwards of 800 survivors of his abuse.
Matt Schembechler, 62, says he was first abused by Anderson in 1969 at the age of 10 years old. When he told his adoptive father, he said he didn’t want to hear about it.
When the issue was reported to then-UM Athletic Director Don Canham, Anderson was terminated, only to be promptly reinstated, under the directive of Schembechler, according to a report from the Detroit News.
Several years later, it was offensive lineman Dan Kwiatkowski who reported the abuse to Schembechler, and he was told to “toughen up.” More than a decade after Schembechler was apparently first notified of abuse, Gilvanni Johnson says he was abused as a freshman at his first physical, and yet nothing was done.
Both former players spoke Thursday, detailing the alleged abuse by Anderson, saying the doctor, during routine physical exams, digitally penet