The adopted son of Bo Schembechler will go public Thursday with claims that he, too, was sexually assaulted by the late Dr. Robert Anderson.
And he says he told the legendary former Michigan football coach about it.
Matt Schembechler has called a Thursday afternoon news conference in Novi with his legal team, led by Okemos-based attorney Mike Grewal, to present evidence that Schembechler ignored claims of abuse involving Anderson.
Schembechler will be joined by a pair of former Michigan football players, offensive tackle Daniel Kwiatowski (1977-79) and wide receiver Gilvanni Johnson (1982-86), who say they were treated and abused by Anderson on more than one occasion.
Anderson, who died in 2008, has been accused of sexually abusing hundreds of former Michigan student-athletes during his time as the athletic department’s chief physician. A recent report from Washington, D.C.-based law firm WilmerHale, commissioned and paid for by the University of Michigan, detailed more than 30 years of abuse by Anderson.
According to a news release issued Wednesday, Kwiatowsky and Johnson were both anonymous sources in the 240-page report, claiming to have alerted Bo Schembechler directly about Anderson’s abuse. Bo Schembechler served as head football coach at Michigan from 1969 to 1989 and director of the athletic department from 1988 to 1990. He died in 2006.
“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,” the news release said.
The public claims from Schembechler’s son come just days after Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh defended Bo Schembechler, telling reporters that “(Bo) never sat on anything.”
“Nothing was ever swept under the rug or ignored,” Harbaugh said. “He addressed everything in a timely fashion. That’s the Bo Schembechler that I know.”
Harbaugh’s father, Jack, was an assistant coach under Bo Schembechler at Michigan. He later went on to play for Schembechler from 1982 to 1986.
Harbaugh has also said that Anderson was his family’s doctor growing up.