Bo Schembechler’s son will speak about team doctor’s sexual abuse, father’s failure to protect him

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The son of legendary Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler will share with the public that he is among those who were sexually abused by former team doctor Robert Anderson. 

And he will tell the world about his father's "failure to protect him and other athletes," according to a news release. 

During a Thursday news conference, Matt Schembechler will be joined by his attorney and two former Michigan players to speak about their experiences. 

Matt Schembechler was one of three sons that Bo's first wife, Millie, had from a previous relationship and was adopted by Bo once the couple married in 1968. 

According to the news release, Schembechler will "set the record straight regarding his own abuse" by Anderson and discuss what his father did and did not do in response.

The university, through spokesman Rick Fitzgerald, declined to comment on the news of the press conference or if Schembechler's statue in front of the football building named for him was under consideration for removal.

The University of Michigan commissioned an investigation conducted by the law firm WilmerHale that concluded that Anderson's misconduct was reported "several times between 1978 and 1981," but that a "senior University administrator … did not take appropriate action."

That report detailed previous times Bo Schembechler was told of Anderson's abuse of athletes.

Several football players notified Schembechler about Anderson's behavior, the report said. A member of the football team in the late 1970s told police he asked the coach “soon” after an exam, “What’s up with the finger in the butt treatment by Dr. Anderson?”

Schembechler told the player to "toughen up" according to the report, which does not provide any more detail about the incident or what police did with the information. 

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