Gilvanni Johnson, age 57, pictured above, was a receiver and special teams player for Michigan Wolverines football circa 1985, three seasons, 36 games, a teammate of Jim Harbaugh the current coach and the former Palo Alto Viking three-sport star.
On the field he had a total of 45 touches 400 yards and one touchdown.
But what it is in the news today and what brought him to my attention is that he also told his coach Bo Schembechler that he was sexually assaulted by the team doctor, sometimes referred to as Dr. A and by a sling of other nicknames. The coach reportedly told the player to ignore or forget the experience.
Thirty- six years later, Jim Harbaugh who is roughly 3 months younger than Johnson and one month older than I told a television reporter from Grand Rapids that he thinks that the Bo Schembechler that we knew would have intervened and stopped Dr. A if such stories were true.
It was only after Harbaugh made that statement that Johnson went public and identified himself as one of the 800 former students and athletes mostly male some female who reported that over a four decade period they were assaulted by this doctor.
As Michigan’s coach and as Johnson’s former teammate and leader as a quarterback –he threw the ball to him likely each of those six receptions –you would think Harbaugh would do better than to essentially gaslight his teammates and these other reported victims.
For some reason I suspect Jim Harbaugh was also a victim of these assaults —my only qualifications for guessing search besides reading through much of the report by Wilmer Hale and having met him briefly when we were both in high school — to be continued — but I preserved the gist of it in a set of screen captures on my handheld. IROs means individual with reporting obligation: if Harbaugh knows about sexual assualts, includng firsthand or to himself, he is obligated to report such.