Bo Schembechler’s son shares what his father knew about medical abuse in Michigan

ANN ARBOR, me. – The son of legendary University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler presented evidence Thursday against his father in the case of a university doctor believed to have sexually abused hundreds of patients.

Matt Schembechler, 62, is speaking Thursday afternoon.

The live event has now ended.

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According to his attorney Mick Grewal, Matt Schembechler was first met by Dr. Robert Anderson abused.

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Grewal said that when his client told his father about it, he was freaked out, punched him in the chest and said, “I won’t hear that.” Grewal said Matt Schembechler recalled Michigan sporting director Don Canham assuring his mother, Millie, that he would fire Anderson but had not asked his father to do so.

He said he was again abused on a physical exam when he was 16.

On Thursday, Matt Schembechler will be joined by two former Michigan football players, Daniel Kwiatkowski – offensive tackle who played from 1977 to 1979 – and Gilvanni Johnson – wide receiver from 1982 to 1986.

Both men said they immediately told Bo Schembechler about the abuse. Kwiatkowski said the coach told him to “harden”.

Their reports and hundreds of others contradict what current head coach and former U of M quarterback Jim Harbaugh told the media a few weeks ago.


“There’s nothing that has ever been swept under the rug or ignored,” said Harbaugh. “This is the Bo Schembechler I knew.”

Former running back of all the Big Ten Jon Vaughn called these comments heartless and told the Free Press this week that it is obvious to Anderson survivors that Harbaugh is against them.

Matt Schembechler is the son of the soccer coach’s first wife, Millie. When they got married, he became the youngest stepson of Bo Schembechler and later adopted by him.

He said his father sent family members to Anderson because it was free, even though he wasn’t a U-of-M athlete.

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