There are further photos and a video clip online, and the specific players involved have not been identified.
The school statement indicated police are ‘investigating multiple crimes, including sharing sensitive photos without consent.’
Wisconsin said ‘the unauthorized sharing is a significant and wrongful invasion of the student-athletes’ privacy, including potential violations of university policies and criminal statutes.
University of Wisconsin police spokesman Marc Lovicott confirmed the investigation Thursday. Lovicott declined to share additional details because it’s an active investigation. The volleyball players aren’t being investigated for wrongdoing.
‘Our top priority is supporting our student-athletes, and we are providing them with the appropriate services and resources,’ Wisconsin’s athletic department said.
Wisconsin won its first national title last year, beating Nebraska in the championship match. The Badgers (13-3, 7-1 Big Ten) were ranked fifth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll heading into Friday’s home match with Michigan State.
The Badgers have played in the last three Final Fours under coach Kelly Sheffield, reaching the finals each time.