Michigan's Bo Schembechler statue vandalized in support of Dr. Anderson victims [PHOTOS]

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Sometime early Wednesday morning, the Bo Schembechler statue outside the University of Michigan football facility was vandalized with red paint and an accompanying message in black spray paint that read, "Bo Knew" and "#hailtothevitims" amid allegations that the legendary football coach ignored his players' claims of sexual assault against former team doctor Robert Anderson in the 1970s and '80s.

The vandal is apparently an anonymous Ann Arbor resident who claimed responsibility for the crime in an email to the Free Press that stated, "This action is done in solidarity with the Hail to the Victims campaign."

The email continued:

"Bo Schembechler is long seen as an iconic Michigan coach, but he knew that Robert Anderson, the team's doctor in the 1970s and 1980s, was sexually assaulting countless players each year. When Bo's son confronted him about his own assault, Bo punched him and told him to keep quiet. Bo pulled strings and bent over backwards to ensure that Anderson could keep his job. It is time for the world to know that Bo is responsible for the abuse of innumerable Michigan football players."

Hundreds of former male athletes at Michigan are suing the university over A