A new development in the Bo Schembechler and Robert Anderson storyline emerged this week when Matt Schembechler said he was abused by the late former University of Michigan doctor. He also said that his father was violent with him and his mother when he was informed of the abuse.
Now, Schembechler’s brother is on the record with his side of the story.
Glenn “Shemy” Schembechler, who is Bo’s biological son with his first wife Millie, revealed to ESPN on Thursday that he does not believe his brother’s story. He described his father as “as loving of a person as you could imagine” and that his father would have put a stop to the abuse of his players had he known about it.
“None of us were in that room when those players were talking to Bo,” Glenn Schembechler said. “The Bo I knew would have taken care of it and found another doctor. It would be that easy.”
Glenn Schembechler also told ESPN that he has not spoken with his brother in over 10 years and that there has been family strife for a long time. Matt Schembechler sued his father in 1999 in regards to a souvenir bleacher project he claims was sabotaged.
Glenn Schembechler, who is 10 years younger than his brother, did not push back against the accusations from former players, but did say that there was “no way” that Bo would have hit his brother or mother in response to such claims. He never witnessed any violence between his parents or siblings at home while he was younger.
“I was saddened, but I can’t say I was shocked,” Glenn Schembechler said in response to his brother’s story. “My heart goes out to the victims, but I know for certain that if Bo were here, he’d feel the same way. He would have gone to any lengths to help his players.”
Glenn Schembechler’s response echoes current head football coach Jim Harbaugh, who played for Bo in the 1980s. Harbaugh was asked about his former mentor’s legacy moving forward during a camp last week.
“Well, I can tell you this,” Harbaugh said. “Bo Schembechler — there was nothing that I saw during the times I was a kid here, my dad was on the staff, or when I played here — he never sat on anything. He never procrastinated anything. I mean, he took care of it before the sun went down. That’s the Bo Schembechler that I know.
“Nothing was ever swept under the rug or ignored. He addressed everything in a timely fashion. That’s the Bo Schembechler that I know.”
Matt Schembechler revealed his side of the story on Thursday in a press conference with two former Michigan football players and their legal counsel. He also claims that his father reversed a decision from former athletic director Don Canham to have Anderson removed from his position.
The players, Dan Kwiatkowski and Gilvanni Johnson, said during the session that they were abused by Anderson several times during their respective playing careers.
Anderson served at Michigan from 1967 to 2003, spending much of his time working in the athletic department. He died in 2008. Bo Schembechler passed in 2006, while Millie died in 1992.
The university is currently in mediation with well over 800 former athletes that have come forward with stories of their abuse suffered at Michigan.