et tu, Bo?

This nonsense has to stop.  With the scalp of Fielding Yost not totally yanked off, they’re coming after Bo, starting with an affront led by his step son  Soon the whole Anderson affair, quashed successfully by some of Bo’s old boys during last football season when it should be by all rights have been the leading sports story of the time, especially given the absence of a football season.  The University had released its findings on Dr. Anderson long before, and established a victim’s fund which it actively promoted.  But no major press till this, conveniently on the heels of l’affaire Yost. So what did the “abuser” Dr. Anderson actually do?  He did rectal exams on all comers as well as testicular exams.  Sure, some guys might have been taken aback by having the doc stick his finger up their ass and squeeze their balls, but this was standard practice at the time.  I was taught, and I went through med school 10 years after Dr. Anderson, that all patients got a rectal exam, regardless of complaint, as so much could be learned from that.  Plus the ball squeeze: guess what the leading cause of death is in young men?  Testicular cancer!  Remember how it almost got Lance Armstrong?  Young men spend a lot of time in that area, but they don’t know what they’re looking for like a doctor would.  Maybe Dr. Anderson took a little too much relish in these exams, but what he was doing is no different from what any other doc might have done at the time.  And this is abuse? Bo likely had gone through many similar exams at his tender age of 38 – think of all those football physicals – so you can understand his advice to the “victims”, including his own stepson, to “toughen up”.  Probably explains his continued acceptance of whining from so-called abused players, for which he is about to be hanged, as so nonchalant.  Dr. Anderson was at Bo’s bedside when he had his heart attack  prior to the ’70 Rose Bowl.  So there must have been something about the guy he trusted.  Sure, open up the coffers for all those who weren’t pleased that Dr. Anderson squeezed their nuts. But please leave my dear Bo out of it.

Published by rike52

I retired from the Rheumatology division of Michigan Medicine end of June '19 after 36 years there. Upon hitting Ann Arbor for the second time (I went to school here) it took me almost 8 months to meet Kathy, 17 months to buy her a house (on Harbal, where we still live), and 37 months to marry her. Kids never came, but we've been blessed with a crowd of colleagues, friends, neighbors and family that continues to grow. Lots of them are going to show up in this log eventually. Stay tuned.

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