Report: Several former Michigan football players, student-athletes to accuse ex-team doctor of abuse at news conference
Less than a week after the son of Bo Schembechler went public with allegations that he was abused by former Michigan team doctor Robert Anderson and accused his father of having knowledge of the situation, several other former Wolverine student-athletes plan to come forward.
The Detroit News’ Kim Kozlowski reported on Tuesday morning that dozens of former Michigan football players and student-athletes are planning to host a live press conference on Wednesday to accuse Anderson of sexual abuse. The news conference will be held near Michigan Stadium.
Last week, Matt Schembechler hosted a news conference stating that he had been sexually abused by Anderson when he was a 10-year-old. He also alleges that he told his father, who then got very angry.
ALERT: Dozens of former #UMich football players and other athletes to host a live press conference near the Big House Wednesday to accuse Dr. Robert Anderson of abuse, and call on UM Regents to do more. @detroitnews
— Kim Kozlowski (@kimberkoz) June 15, 2021
“It is a deeply personal story of abuse and betrayal, a story of mistrust in a doctor and betrayal of my father,” Matt Schembechler said.
Matt Schembechler says he told his mother what happened after the incident occurred and he was instructed to tell Bo Schembechler about what happened. He says that telling his father did not go well.
“I tried to tell him repeatedly, but my efforts earned me a punch in the chest,” Matt Schembechler said. “It was the beginning of the end of our relationship.”
Two former Michigan football players — offensive tackle Daniel Kwiatowski and wide receiver Gilvanni Johnson — joined Schembechler at the news conference on Thursday. Both claimed that they were also sexually abused by Anderson during physical examinations.
The University of Michigan released a statement last week saying it sympathizes with the victims.
“We thank them for their bravery in coming forward,” the statement says. “We condemn and apologize for the tragic misconduct of the late Dr. Robert Anderson, who left the University 17 years ago and died 13 years ago.
“We are committed to resolving their claims and to continuing the court-guided confidential mediation process.”