University of Michigan football coaching legend's son says dad knew doctor was abusing athletes
June 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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1 Jan 1987: Head coach Bo Schembechler of Michigan during their 22-15 loss to Arizona State at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport
The son of the University of Michigan's legendary football coach, Bo Schembechler, is expected to allege publicly Thursday that he was sexually abused by a former team doctor being investigated by the school -- and that his father knew and did nothing, the son's lawyer says.
(CNN)The son of the University of Michigan's legendary football coach, Bo Schembechler, is expected to allege publicly Thursday that he was sexually abused by a former team doctor being investigated by the school -- and that his father knew and did nothing, the son's lawyer says.
Matt Schembechler, 62, will speak about "his own abuse by Dr. Anderson and his father's failure to protect him and other athletes," attorney Mick Grewal said.
The coach's son will be joined by two heretofore anonymous former football players, Daniel Kwiatkowski and Gilvanni Johnson, who were cited in a report commissioned by UM that found the university received hundreds of allegations about Dr. Robert Anderson -- over decades -- and failed to act, attorney Mick Grewal said.
The ex-players say they, too, told the coach of Anderson's abuse, Grewal said.
In an interview with ESPN, the junior Schembechler says Anderson molested him during a physical examination in the 1960s, when he was 10, and Bo Schembechler, his adoptive father, punched him when he reported the abuse.
An alleged victim told the firm that Easthope had conveyed to him that Anderson would stop seeing patients, but Anderson "continued to provide medical services to student-athletes and other patients -- and to engage in sexual misconduct with large numbers of them" until his retirement, the report said.
Easthope told investigators he had confronted and fired Anderson, "but Mr. Easthope did not do so," the report said.
Following the report's release, University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel said the university was offering "its heartfelt apology for the abuse perpetrated by the late Robert Anderson. "
Former wrestler Thomas DeLuca went to the University of Michigan in 2018 to share a report of alleged abuse by Anderson, who he said, "examined his penis, did a hernia check, and conducted a digital rectal examination without explaining why such examinations were necessary. "