A son of former Michigan soccer coach Bo Schembechler stated he informed his father that former workforce physician Robert Anderson molested him throughout a bodily examination within the Sixties and that the revered coach ignored the grievance and went out of his approach to verify Anderson saved his function with the workforce.
Matt Schembechler, 62, stated he was sexually molested by Anderson when he was 10 years outdated, inside a yr of when his adopted father was employed to teach the Wolverines and his household moved to Ann Arbor. Matt stated Anderson fondled him and did “an anal probe” when he visited the physician for a sports activities bodily previous to becoming a member of the pee wee soccer workforce. According to Matt, when he shared these particulars with Bo, the coach informed him he did not need to hear about it after which bought bodily violent with each Matt and his mom.
“That was the first time he closed-fist punched me,” Matt informed ESPN. “It knocked me all the way across the kitchen.”
Matt plans to handle his claims additional in a information convention Thursday afternoon alongside two former Michigan soccer gamers who say additionally they tried to warn Bo Schembechler about Anderson’s abuse. Anderson and Bo Schembechler each died years earlier than any claims about these points grew to become public.
Anderson labored on the University of Michigan from 1966 by means of 2003. During the bulk of his time on the college, he labored intently with the athletic division, treating athletes’ accidents and conducting annual physicals. Hundreds of former sufferers — many of them former Wolverine athletes — now say that Anderson sexually abused and harassed them in a range of methods through the therapy of routine medical points. In interviews and court docket paperwork, Anderson’s former sufferers say the physician assaulted them, fondled them and made an array of inappropriate sexual feedback, amongst many different examples of misconduct. Bo Schembechler died in 2006. Anderson died in 2008.
After a letter from a former college wrestler prompted a 2018 police investigation, the college employed the regulation agency WilmerHale in 2020 to find out how prior complaints about Anderson had been dealt with. WilmerHale discovered that a number of employees on the college failed to behave when offered with credible complaints that Anderson was sexually abusing his sufferers.
Matt Schembechler shouldn’t be the primary to allege that Bo knew about Anderson’s abuse. A former scholar radio announcer stated final summer season that he informed the coach about Anderson within the early Nineteen Eighties. Several former soccer gamers even have informed investigators that they spoke to Bo about Anderson’s therapy with various levels of specificity after they had been enjoying at Michigan.
Matt informed ESPN he had a rocky relationship with Bo all through their shared lives. Matt sued his father and the University of Michigan within the late Nineteen Nineties over a dispute a couple of sports activities memorabilia firm Matt was operating. Around that point, he shared some of the main points of his upbringing in a GQ journal article that framed Bo as a bully at residence and on the observe area.
Bo Schembechler received 13 Big Ten Championships throughout his twenty years teaching the Wolverines. He additionally served because the college’s athletic director from 1988 to 1990. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993. And in 2014, the varsity commissioned what it calls a “larger-than-life sized” bronze statue of Schembechler, which now sits in entrance of the soccer workforce’s observe facility.
Other former gamers, together with present Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, have stated that they consider Bo Schembechler would have taken motion if he was offered with proof that Anderson was molesting his sufferers.
Bo adopted Matt and two different sons — Chip and Geoffrey — after marrying their mom, Millie, in 1968. Bo and Mille later had yet one more son named Glenn.
Matt informed ESPN that his mom visited Don Canham, then the college’s athletic director, shortly after they informed Bo about Anderson’s abuse. Matt, who was nonetheless 10 years outdated on the time, stated he remembers his mom saying Canham was ready to fireside Anderson however that Bo intervened.
“Bo went to bat for Anderson and got him back working again,” Matt stated. “He wasn’t going to have anybody change his team.”
Anderson continued to deal with Michigan’s athletes for greater than 30 years. Nearly 900 of his former sufferers have retained authorized counsel and declare they had been abused by him. Matt additionally has employed an lawyer and is suing the college.
Millie Schembechler died in 1992. Canham died in 2005. No documentation of conferences about Anderson or medical data from Matt’s appointments exist at this time. Matt stated he shared elements of the story along with his older brother, Chip, who died in 2003.
Attempts to succeed in Matt’s two dwelling brothers for remark had been unsuccessful.
Glenn Schembechler, who goes by Shemy and is Bo’s solely organic son, beforehand informed ESPN he was sure nobody ever informed his father about Anderson’s abuse.
“I can tell you unequivocally no one ever told Bo,” Glenn Schembechler stated final summer season. “Bo would have done something. … Bo would have fired him.”
Matt Schembechler stated he remembers listening to different athletes speak about Anderson whereas rising up across the soccer program however that he by no means shared the main points of what occurred to him with anybody else as a result of it was embarrassing. He stated he did not elevate the difficulty along with his father once more as a result of Bo “made it clear it was not to be talked about.”
Matt stated he visited Anderson twice extra for sports activities physicals — as soon as in highschool and as soon as earlier than beginning his freshman season as a soccer participant at Western Michigan University. Matt stated he grabbed Anderson’s wrist when the physician reached towards his genitals of their subsequent appointment. He stated Anderson didn’t try and molest him within the third and remaining go to.
“I stopped him the second time, and the third time I didn’t let him touch me,” Matt stated.
Matt stated he’s coming ahead now to attempt to let folks know that “you can’t abuse people and get away with it, no matter how many football games you won.” He stated he would not really feel strongly about how Bo’s teaching legacy ought to be remembered by the college or its followers.
“He was a great coach and made a lot of people happy. He made a ton of money for the University of Michigan filling that stadium up. He provided, for most of those kids that played for him, a great experience. Maybe it was the greatest experience of their life,” Matt informed ESPN. “I think he was a horrible human being.”