Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh Says Doctor Accused of Sexual Abuse Was His Family Physician

July 08, 2020, 2:27 PM

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The late physician Robert Anderson, who worked at the University of Michigan from 1968-2003 and has been accused by dozens of sexual abuse, was football Coach Jim Harbaugh's family doctor when he was a child.

"Dr. Anderson was our family doctor for us as kids, I was 9 or 10 years old, Dr. Anderson, Dr. Graves was the other family doctor," Harbaugh said Wednesday during a Zoom call with reporters, according to the Detroit Free Press. "Those two doctors. And then also when I played here at Michigan, Dr. Anderson was the team doctor. Took a physical for every youth sport that I played and also when I was here in college for football, yearly physical.

"Never saw anything inappropriate, nor did I ever hear anything that was inappropriate about Dr. Anderson. Never experienced anything inappropriate, never heard any time where there was anything inappropriate by Dr. Anderson."

Dr. Robert Anderson

Anderson died in 2008. He was a team doctor when Bo Schembechler and Lloyd Carr coached football. Harbaugh played at Michigan under Schembechler from 1983-86, and his father, Jack Harbaugh, was an assistant coach under Schembechler from 1973-79, the Freep reports. 

The university is investigated allegations of sexual abuse involving Anderson during his reign at U-M. A federal lawsuit has also been filed against Anderson in Detroit.


Read more:  Detroit Free Press

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