POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Idaho State University has investigated allegations of bullying in its softball program and says the concern was based on misinterpreted comments.

The Idaho State Journal reports that ISU Director of Athletics Jeff Tingey says he received complaints from two players who said a small group of their teammates had been bullying them. Tingey says the teammates were stepping up as "vocal leaders" but it came off as bullying. He says the school has addressed the issue with the students.

Several ISU softball players told the Idaho State Journal that they believe the incidents constituted bullying. The Big Sky Conference also says its ethical conduct committee is reviewing the team's behavior at the conference tournament in May. A conference official said the review is not an official investigation.

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