Schembechler son, players say Michigan coach knew of abuse

Matt Schembechler, 62, and former Wolverines players Daniel Kwiatkowski and Gilvanni Johnson told similar stories about how Dr. Robert E. Anderson, quien murió en 2008, molested and digitally penetrated them during physical exams decades ago. They also talked about how Bo Schembechler, a Michigan icon whose statue stands outside a university building that bears his name, refused to protect them and allowed Anderson to continue abusing players and other patients for years.


Anderson “was supported by a culture that placed the reputation of the university above the health and safety of the students,” Matt Schembechler said during a news conference in the Detroit suburb of Novi. “That is the culture that made my father a legend and placed his statue in front of Schembechler Hall.

“Dr. Anderson was part of the University of Michigan team,” él continuó. “He was part of Bo’s team, por lo tanto, he was more important than any man. It’s very clear that Bo and the university always put themselves before any student-athlete or son, just to support the brand.

The three are among hundreds of men who were allegedly abused by Anderson during his nearly four decades working for the university — a period in which he also treated staffers, their families and other patients. And their assertion that Bo Schembechler, quien murió en 2006, knew about the abuse and allowed it to continue calls into question his legacy at the university.

Kwiatkowski and Johnson said it was common knowledge among their teammates that Anderson abused players during the physicals they had to get from him, which Johnson said players jokingly referred to asseeing Dr. Anal.Both players said Bo Schembechler broke a promise to protect them that he made while recruiting them to the school.

Bo promised them that if I attended the University of Michigan and played football that Bo would be a father to me and look after me like I was family,” Kwiatkowski dijo, referring to his parents. “We were a poor, working-class family and my parents were very worried about my future and being able to pay for medical bills. Bo promised my family that he would keep me safe, make sure I got the best medical treatment. We were sold.

Kwiatkowski, an offensive lineman from 1977-79, said Anderson abused him on four occasions. He said that during his first mandatory physical his freshman year, Anderson groped his genitals and inserted fingers in his rectum. The former player said he approached Schembechler after one practice and told him about the physical.

Bo looked at me and said ‘Toughen up,"” Kwiatkowski dijo.

Matt Schembechler, 62, said Anderson abused him durante un 1969 physical that he needed to get in order to play youth football. He said when he told his father, who was then in his first year of his iconic run with the Wolverines, his father punched him hard in the chest.

He told ESPN on Wednesday that his mother invited the athletic director at the time, Don Canham, to their home so he could describe the abuse. Y el told The Detroit News that Canham fired Andersonnearly immediately.

Bo went to him and said, ‘I need him, he is our team doctor, reinstate him,’ and he did,” Matt Schembechler told the News. Canham died in 2005, one year after Bo Schembechler.

A report commissioned by the university and released last month found that Bo Schembechler and other officials were aware of complaints about Anderson but he was allowed to remain at the school for decades.

Asked why they decided to come forward about the abuse, Johnson said it was important to put faces to the allegations and to make sure there could be no doubt that Bo Schembechler was aware of the sexual abuse. He also talked about how the abuse has affected his life.

Because of my experience at Michigan, I did not trust doctors,” Johnson dijo, 'Dolorosamente en la marca “had trust issues, relationship issues and intimacy issues.

Johnson, who broke down in tears during the news conference, said he hasalways been too promiscuous in an effort to prove to myself and to others that I was a man.

He also said helost two marriagesbecause of the abuse.

The university said in a statement Thursday that it is committed to resolving claims made by Anderson’s victims and is continuing confidential mediation ordered by a judge.

Our sympathy for all of Anderson’s victims is deep and unwavering, and we thank them for their bravery in coming forward. Condenamos y nos disculpamos por la trágica mala conducta del difunto Dr.. Robert Anderson, quien dejó la universidad 17 hace años y murió 13 hace años que,” the school said in its statement, which didn’t mention Bo Schembechler once.

Bo Schembechler led the Wolverines from 1969-89 and had 194 wins at college football’s winningest school. His career record was 234-65-8, including six seasons at Miami of Ohio.

Another of his sons, Glenn “ShemySchembechler, didn’t immediately reply to a message seeking comment about his brother’s revelations. In the university’s report, he expressed doubt that his father could have known about the abuse.




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