Lawsuit alleges former Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler knew about sexual abuse by team doctor

Detroit Free Press

July 30, 2020

By David Jesse

Legendary University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler was told by a student in 1981 about sexual assaults being carried out by then-football team doctor Robert Anderson, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday against the school.

The suit alleges the student — who is filing as an unnamed “John Doe” — told Schembechler he was digitally penetrated by Anderson during an exam for migraines.

“The revelations involving the failure to act on the part of Bo Schembechler are troubling but should not be surprising,” said attorney Jamie White. “We have seen this trend play out with institutions all over the country, including but not limited (Penn State football coach Joe) Paterno, leadership in the Catholic Church and Boy Scouts of America, and most recently Michigan State University.

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