When Bo Schembechler recruited Daniel Kwiatkowski and Gilvanni Johnson to play for the Michigan football team He told their parents that he would take care of them as if they were his own family.
But when Kkiatkovsky and Johnson arrived at Ann Arbor, they were soon accused of harassment by Dr. Robert Anderson, a sports doctor. Hundreds of patients over the decades
Kwiatkowski and Johnson both spoke after they reported the incident, Schembechler breached his contract – and did nothing against Anderson.
Thursday afternoon, Kwiatkowski and Johnson became the latest ex-Wolverines to openly step forward and accuse Schembechler, whose name adorned a football field and whose statue was captured by a statue outside the factory, continued Anderson’s rape. without giving up The two shared their stories at a press conference with Matt Schembechler, who spoke of his abuse at the hands of Anderson and also said his father Bo was told of Anderson’s misdeeds and was actively fighting. for Anderson to work as a team doctor
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Kwiatkowski, who played offensively between 1977-79 and attended university from 1977-81, said he and “Poor working class families” were rigorously recruited by Bo Schembechler.
“Beau promised my family that he would keep me safe and make sure I received the best medical care,” Kwietkovsky said. “We have been sold.”
When Kwiatkowski entered his first year He underwent a medical with Anderson during the exam. Kwiatkowski said Anderson “humiliated and abused me”.
Kwiatkowski said he approached Schembechler after football practice following the first exam and told him that Anderson had attacked him.
“Bo looked at me and said, ‘Becoming stronger’,” Kwiatkowski said on Thursday.
Kwiatkowski said he had three physical exams with Anderson, which “violated me time and time again.” Kwiatkowski recalled a year in which he was ill with the flu, which left him coughing up blood. doctor’s prescription Until he was notified by a teammate, Dr. Anderson had molested the player during a visit last week.
“I lay sick there for six weeks,” Kwiatkowski said, “because I didn’t want to be abused.”
Johnson, who played Michigan frontman between 1982-86, experienced a similar experience. Like Kwiatkowski and his family, Johnson and his mother were contracted by Schembechler as coaching staff. “Will take care of me and (Johnson’s mom) will have nothing to worry about while I’m in Michigan.”
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Before Johnson’s first year’s pre-season medical examination He started hearing jokes from the other teammates. He didn’t know what the joke meant. When it came to his exam Johnson said Anderson. “Playing with my penis tried to arouse me and poke my finger in my anus.”
“The exam was very painful,” Johnson said. “I was embarrassed and confused. I’ve never had a health check like that before.”
next visit (Overall, Johnson estimates he saw Anderson “15 to 20 times.”) Play the same way. After a second exam with Anderson, Johnson said he told Schembechler, “Dr. Anderson was playing with my penis and he put his finger on my anus,” according to the monitor. Henson Schembechler responded by saying he would. “Check with the medical staff”
“I’ve never heard a reply from Bo,” Johnson said. “And he never talked to me again.”
shortly after Johnson said his relationship with the coach had become “Controversy,” he pointed to the controversy that arose when Johnson asked Schembechler if he could play basketball. during the admission The coach told him he could play both sports. But Johnson’s request was rejected by Schembechler.
He said the coach joked about the harassment. Johnson said players were threatened with Anderson’s exams if they didn’t work hard enough.
Both Kwiatkowski and Johnson spoke of the hardships that later in life resulted from Anderson’s abuse.
“Because of my experience in Michigan I don’t trust doctors,” Johnson said. “I have a trust problem. relationship problems and intimacy issues.”
In 1999, Kwiatkowski attended a meeting for the football program Schembechler (who died in 2006) and Anderson (who died in 2003) was also there. When Kviatkovsky saw Anderson, he was “immediately ill like 20 years ago.”
That night he had the opportunity to greet his former coach, Kwiatkowski feeling “unusually nervous” as he approached Schembechler.
“That’s when Bo told me, ‘Don’t be afraid of me. I can’t hurt you anymore,’” Kwiatkowski said. “Well, Bo’s words can’t be farther from the truth.”
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