By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan was involved in an extramarital affair with a woman. She has filed a federal lawsuit against several school officials, as she alleges “defamation, invasion of privacy and deprivation of [the] due process.”
The Wisconsin State Journal was the first to report the news. Ryan stepped down from being the Badgers head coach in Dec. 2015. The report, which was filed on Wednesday by Robin Van Ert, claims a “sham” investigation, as she says he misused “school resources during their affair from 2009 until 2014.”
Van Ert says that the officials violated her privacy in the suit by publicly revealing her identity in a 2015 email. At that time, in the email, she detailed the affair and accused him of misconduct.
When Ryan stepped away, he said the affair was “absolutely unrelated to his retirement.” Her lawsuit claims, “As a direct and proximate result of defendants’ actions, Van Ert has suffered severe emotional and physical distress and illness, loss of privacy, harm to her reputation, loss of business and has incurred substantial damages and legal fees.”
The 42-year-old would like compensatory and punitive damages. She’s also to have her attorney fees paid.
Ryan is not one of those officials, who were named in the lawsuit. Chancellor Rebecca Blank, athletic director Barry Alvarez, and six other school officials were in the lawsuit.
Ryan was cleared by the school in March. The school’s investigation suggested there was “insufficient basis to warrant” any punishment.”
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