Report: Current Michigan head athletic trainer allegedly knew of sexual misconduct involving former team doctor
A recent report from ESPN alleges that the University of Michigan’s current head athletic trainer was aware about sexual misconduct concerns involving former team doctor Robert Anderson.
Dan Murphy of ESPN is reporting that, according to court documents, two former anonymous Michigan football players are accusing current head athletic trainer Paul Schmidt of knowing and joking about the actions of Anderson. Another employee identified as “Murph” was also mentioned in the documents.
Schmidt is the only current employee at Michigan to be accused of knowing of the sexual misconduct at this time. He has been at the university since 1983.
Anderson, who died in 2008, has been accused of sexually assaulting numerous former patients by “conducting unnecessary rectal exams and excessive genital fondling” while at the University of Michigan. He worked at the school for 35 years.
The two former student-athletes are part of a group that includes over 20 men who have filed an intent to sue the University of Michigan. Several of those individuals were athletes while at the school.
The University of Michigan said it investigated several “disturbing and very serious” allegations against the physician in a story run by The Detroit News two months ago. Anderson was the the former director of University Health Service at Michigan.
University of Michigan police concluded their investigation in April 2019.