DETROIT – A son of legendary University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler was among hundreds of men who were sexually assaulted by a campus doctor, and he will speak publicly about the abuse with two players who have also fell victim in the 1970s and 1980s, lawyers said Wednesday.
Matt Schembechler, Daniel Kwiatkowski and Gilvanni Johnson are expected to discuss the abuse at a press conference on Thursday. Their accusations come a month after a report commissioned by the university said Bo Schembechler and other officials were aware of the complaints about Dr Robert Anderson, despite having remained in school for decades.
“Matt Schembechler will set the record straight regarding his own abuse by Dr Anderson and his father’s failure to protect him and other athletes,” lawyer Mick Grewal said in a written statement.
Kwiatkowski and Johnson spoke to the law firm WilmerHale, which produced the report, but they were not named there.
The report revealed that a player told Bo Schembechler, who died in 2006, that Anderson stroked him during an exam and that the coach told the player to “get tough.”
That player was Kwiatkowski, an offensive lineman from 1977 to 1979, who was abused four times, lawyer Jon Marko said.
Johnson, a receiver from 1982 to 1986, also informed Schembechler after his first medical examination with Anderson that the doctor had assaulted him, lawyer Dennis Mulvihill said.
Matt Schembechler, 62, runs several businesses in Ann Arbor, according to his LinkedIn page.
When the WilmerHale report came out, another of Bo Schembechler’s sons, Shemy Schembechler, expressed skepticism that his father had ignored the complaints about Anderson. He insisted his father would have acted if the players had shared their concerns about the doctor.
Current Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who played under Schembechler, backed him last week in remarks to reporters.
“He never procrastinated on anything,” Harbaugh said. “He took care of it before sunset. This is the Bo Schembechler I know. There is nothing that has ever been swept under the rug or ignored.
Schembechler is a revered figure in Ann Arbor, where his statue stands in front of a football building that bears his name. The Wolverines won or shared 13 Big Ten football championships before retiring after the 1989 season.
Anderson’s death toll could exceed 800, court records show. The report detailed many missed opportunities to arrest Anderson, who spent 37 years on campus. He died in 2008.
“The fact that no one took meaningful action is particularly troubling in light of the nature, scope and duration of Dr. Anderson’s misconduct,” the report said.