Matt Schembechler, 62, will speak about “his own abuse by Dr Anderson and his father’s failure to protect him and other athletes,” lawyer Mick Grewal said.
The coach’s son will be joined by two previously unnamed former football players, Daniel Kwiatkowski and Gilvanni Johnson, who were cited in a report commissioned by UM which revealed that the university had received hundreds of allegations at about Dr. Robert Anderson – over the decades – and had failed. to act, said attorney Mick Grewal. The ex-players say they also spoke to the coach about Anderson’s abuse, Grewal said.
Bo Schembechler died in 2006, Anderson two years later.
“It blew me away in the whole kitchen,” he told Sports Channel.
An alleged victim told the company that Eastope told him that Anderson would stop seeing patients, but Anderson “continued to provide medical services to student-athletes and other patients – and to indulge himself. to sexual misconduct with a large number of them “until his retirement, according to the report. Easthope told investigators he confronted and fired Anderson, “but Mr. Easthope didn’t,” according to the report. Easthope died in February.
Sports officials have also “heard jokes or rumors about Dr Anderson’s exams,” but none of them took action to investigate, according to the report.
“There is no reasonable explanation,” the report concludes, for Easthope’s failure to respond to “rumors and innuendos surrounding Dr Anderson.”
The report was based on interviews with hundreds of former Anderson patients and “about 200 current and former University employees, including administrators, faculty and coaches, as well as others ( University Health Services), Department of Sports, and Michigan Medical Staff “.
Kwiatkowski and Johnson are among the sources and shared anonymously with investigators that they told Bo Schembechler about Anderson’s behavior, Grewal told CNN.
“We will thoughtfully and diligently review and assess the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the report; and we will work to regain the trust of survivors and ensure that we foster a safe environment for our students, our employees and our community, ”Schlissel wrote.
All three cases concern allegations that powerful institutions have ignored or dismissed complaints of sexual misconduct.
Other alleged victims have come forward
In 1975, he spoke to his trainer about the abuse, which started three years earlier, DeLuca said. He lost his scholarship and was kicked from the team, he said.
He’s now battling prostate cancer, which he says could have been diagnosed earlier if he wasn’t afraid of doctors. Christian knows of other Anderson victim players who suffered illnesses because of fear of seeing doctors, he said.
“He hurt so many people, and in my opinion he didn’t just rape the 18-year-old freshman footballer – he raped the men we became. He raped husbands once we did. we are married. He raped the father of my children. He raped the grandfather of my grandchildren, “he told CNN last month. “It has affected us for generations, and no one will know how many generations of what Anderson did will affect us.”
In a 2020 interview, however, Christian bristled at comparisons between Paterno and Bo Schembechler, saying he was an excellent coach and was not to blame for Anderson’s abuse. Still, he was “disappointed to find Michigan didn’t have the integrity that the players did,” he said.
Other son: “Bo would have done something”
“I can tell you unequivocally that no one has ever said anything to Bo,” Glenn Schembechler told the network last year. “Bo would have done something.”
Current Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh also defended his predecessor. Standing outside the football building that bears Schembechler’s name and features a statue of the late coach, Harbaugh told reporters he had not seen any such behavior as a youngster or as a Michigan quarterback. in the 1980s, according to The Detroit News.
“There’s nothing that I saw when I was a kid here – my dad was on the staff – or when I played here. He never sat on anything. He didn’t. never procrastinated on anything, “Harbaugh told the newspaper. “He took care of it before sunset. He’s the Bo Schembechler I know. Nothing has ever been swept under the rug or ignored.”
“My father was a beloved doctor at UM for so many years,” the doctor’s daughter told the newspaper. “He was highly respected. Everyone said he treated them with the utmost integrity and care.”
According to the WilmerHale report, many patients abused by Anderson were members of sensitive populations – including LGBTQ patients, student-athletes vying for scholarships, and patients seeking medical exemption from the Vietnam War – and “felt that they had no choice but to respect Dr. Anderson’s abuse.
Some of the alleged victims left their teams, while others questioned their sexuality, sought advice or dropped out of school, according to the report.
“The trauma caused by Dr. Anderson’s misconduct persists to this day,” the report said.
CNN’s Rebekah Riess and Alec Snyder contributed to this report.