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Five assailants injure Montee Ball in ‘unprovoked assault’

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Maybe 99 times out of 100, when there is a crime involving a college football player, that player is on the wrong side of the law.

Last night, however, was the one in a hundred, unfortunately, for Montee Ball.

In a press release, Wisconsin confirmed that the All-American running back “was the victim of what Madison Police are investigating as an ‘unprovoked assault’ early Wednesday morning.”  According to the police report provided by the school, Ball was attacked by five black males in the city of Madison.

The police report describes the attack as follows:

A 21-year old man was attacked while walking in the 500 block of University Ave. early this morning. Witnesses said five men jumped the victim. He was knocked to the ground and kicked. The victim was taken to a hospital with head injuries. It does not appear he knew his attackers and this is being investigated as an unprovoked assault. The criminals were last seen running south on N. Frances St. toward the Kohl Center.

As of this posting, no one has been arrested or charged in connection to the incident.

Ball sustained the injuries — later reported to be a concussion — in what has been labeled as “battery” by the MPD and was taken to the hospital for treatment, although he has since been released.

“My concern right now is for Montee’s health and well-being. Montee has been released from the hospital and is under the care and supervision of our sports medicine staff. We will continue to evaluate him as we approach the start of fall camp this weekend. I do expect Montee to make a full recovery.”

Last season, Ball led the country in rushing yards (1,923) and finished third in yards per game (137.4).  A Heisman finalist last season, Ball is among the handful of preseason favorites for the award heading into 2012.

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47 Responses to “Five assailants injure Montee Ball in ‘unprovoked assault’”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Aug 1, 2012 11:28 AM

    Yikes. Hope the young man is ok. This culture of violence is scary, athletes or not.

  2. jonanthans says: Aug 1, 2012 11:35 AM

    There is more to this story than what is being reported at the moment. Wait a few days, the real story will be uncovered.

  3. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 1, 2012 11:35 AM

    My best to Montee for a quick and full recovery and no addition to pain meds, as almost got me a few years back.

    May Madison’s finest find the assailants and bring them to justice soon. There may be something more than is being revealed now, at least on the part of the perpetrators.

  4. 319hike says: Aug 1, 2012 11:40 AM

    Nothing good happens in downtown Madison after 2 am.

  5. theawesomersfranchise says: Aug 1, 2012 11:44 AM

    Wouldn’t want to be one of these 5 guys when they get caught. Which they undoubtedly will.

  6. bertenheim says: Aug 1, 2012 11:45 AM

    I would not have thought Madison had that sort of street element.

  7. kozbee says: Aug 1, 2012 11:57 AM

    Thinking he was a rival gang member and put a whoppin on him.2am in the morning isn`t safe anywhere.

  8. idolized1 says: Aug 1, 2012 12:24 PM

    Sickening. I imagine they all felt really tough after winning a 5 on 1 fight.

    Best of luck to Ball’s recovery and hopefully these five animals will be dealt will appropriately.

  9. papabush88 says: Aug 1, 2012 12:25 PM

    USC fan here. Terrible news for Ball and Wisconsin. Hope Ball recovers. Hope Ball will be OK. He’s a great player. Hopefully, he stays healthy before entering the draft and beyond

  10. thraiderskin says: Aug 1, 2012 12:28 PM

    Holy Crap! I’ve been to Madison a lot and I would have never imagined something like that happening. I hope he is able to get back on his feet quickly, no one deserves a 5 on 1 beating.

  11. huffdaddyco says: Aug 1, 2012 12:28 PM

    Spartan fan here, but Ball is one of my favorite players. I am really sorry to hear about this, but glad to hear he is out of the hospital. Best wishes for a quick recovery, Montee!

  12. twonis says: Aug 1, 2012 12:30 PM

    Crazy news but not that shocking. As a Wisconsinite, I had plenty of friends who attended UW. One of them got pistol whipped and robbed in a similar scenario. It’s not a seedy place but the sinister element does exist. From what I know of Montee Ball, though, I would be shocked if this turns out to be anything more than a random, unprovoked occurrence.

  13. grndizzle says: Aug 1, 2012 12:36 PM

    I’m still wondering, where was his O-line?

  14. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Aug 1, 2012 12:36 PM

    LSU fan here … Dumbass punks!!! I hope they get caught so Monte can introduce them to his linesmen

  15. mungman69 says: Aug 1, 2012 1:01 PM

    It’s a shame that a person can’t go out at night without fear.

  16. guinsrule says: Aug 1, 2012 1:14 PM

    Sounds like a “hate” crime…because those 5 guys certainly didn’t have much love for the guy.

  17. woebegong says: Aug 1, 2012 1:23 PM

    Madison seems to have gotten worse since I lived there for seven years in the nineties. It wasn’t a great situation for me, since I was southern with an accent and retired military to boot, but that was because of the liberal politics of the people there. I don’t remember much violence though. Seems unusual for that place.

  18. galvezben says: Aug 1, 2012 1:41 PM

    Probably Penn State fans.

  19. jimeejohnson says: Aug 1, 2012 1:52 PM

    woebegong: gave you a thumbs up for your difficult time at the hands of those liberals…YEAH RIGHT (I actually did but I don’t feel sorry for some very smart Conservative southerner in a very smart, Liberal University town) !

  20. woebegong says: Aug 1, 2012 2:05 PM

    I was there because my wife was from there. I have a degree in a physics field but not some conservative or liberal southerner. I am at best a moderate, retired Military guy, and have my beliefs based on what I personally feel. Not what some folks in the area believe or some political party. Had it not been for my accent, nobody in Madison would known I was from the south. The problem was not my accent, it was the fact, that I wasn’t from around there and the fact that I was retired military and my structured life and mannerisms didn’t sit well with some folks. As I said, I don’t remember that much violence taking place while I was there. Your comments just prove my point though about intolerance towards others. By the way, my late wife loved the south and fit in like a fish in water.

  21. brewcrewfan54 says: Aug 1, 2012 2:50 PM

    Woebegone, you make it sound like Wisconsin is a state full of anti-military and everyone runs around like its the wild west. I asure you that isnt true.

  22. woebegong says: Aug 1, 2012 2:57 PM

    I was given that by a perspective employee. It is not an assumption. My wife had a lot of good folks up there for friends and I was excepted easily by them, however employment was another matter entirely. I did get a job up there, but it wasn’t anywhere near what I was trained to do and had done for 19 years.

  23. normtide says: Aug 1, 2012 3:03 PM

    Wait, I didnt know there was 5 black people living in madison.

  24. 319hike says: Aug 1, 2012 3:23 PM

    3 days ago a woman was grabbed and punched in the face by a stranger a few blocks away from there. Again after 2am. Madison is like any city with random violence by 1 or more persons in a group.

    Be well Montee…

  25. ohioirishfan says: Aug 1, 2012 3:25 PM

    Notre Dame fan wishing a speedy recovery to Montee Ball! If the police don’t find these hood rats, I hope the entire Wisconsin Badgers offensive line finds them on the street.

  26. steeler1nation says: Aug 1, 2012 3:32 PM

    Wisconsin …. hmmm I’d bet it was some AFL/CIO Union THUGS! who were responsible for this gang attack.

  27. frank booth says: Aug 1, 2012 3:44 PM

    jonanthans says:
    Aug 1, 2012 11:35 AM
    There is more to this story than what is being reported at the moment. Wait a few days, the real story will be uncovered.
    ===================================
    Bars close at 2:00 a.m. in Madison. But why don’t you tell us the real story instead of making us wait?

  28. travishenryskid says: Aug 1, 2012 4:00 PM

    Same thing happened to me in college. For all of those that think there is more to it, these things do happen. There doesn’t always have to be a motive for some of the crazys in this world.

  29. onbucky96 says: Aug 1, 2012 4:03 PM

    WTF? In Madison? Hope his head is ok, football can wait.

  30. brewcrewfan54 says: Aug 1, 2012 4:16 PM

    Wobegone, so one employee acts likes a moron and so your perception becomes the whole state is full of people who don’t understand you?

  31. woebegong says: Aug 1, 2012 4:26 PM

    Did I say the whole state. I believe it was about Madison correct. And trust me, it was more than one employee.
    The main point I tried to make was that I did not remember that much violence in the almost 7 1/2 years I lived there. So your continuing harping about my personal perception as far as my being a southerner, living out of my environment really isn’t the main point. I simply remember Madison as a pretty peaceful place when I was there. Sorry if I missed out on the crime then.
    I think in my 63 years on earth, I have probably gotten a pretty good grasp on human nature, so I am afraid that your attempts to lecture me on it, are pretty much a waste of time. If indeed, Madison has had a problem of this nature more than I remember, excuse me for actually thinking otherwise. I wouldn’t want to think highly of a city that didn’t deserve the praise.

  32. seanb20124 says: Aug 1, 2012 4:28 PM

    Sounds like a hate crime??

  33. stairwayto7 says: Aug 1, 2012 4:43 PM

    Glad it was pointed out 5 black men jumped another black man! No whites involved or a national headline! Drug deal gone bad!!!

  34. brewcrewfan54 says: Aug 1, 2012 4:51 PM

    Wobegone, You’re right you were only referencing the Madison area, that’s my mistake. I’m only using your words to figure out what your perception is. You said “given that perception by an employee.” That sounds singular to me. So 1 person molded your whole opinion of the place? And I haven’t harped on your southerness at all, in fact I never even mentioned it. In fact you even said it wasn’t your southerness people didn’t like it was your structured life, military personality people couldn’t get on board with. And thats where I said its bull that people around here as a whole don’t handle military personalities well. Maybe it was just you.

  35. ohioirishfan says: Aug 1, 2012 4:51 PM

    People need to quit speculating why this guy got jumped. It really cannot be a hate crime when the suspects are of the same race! I read the police report on Twitter this morning. This player has only had one documented incident and it was not drug related. People being assaulted on campuses happens all of the time! The only reason you are hearing so much about this incident is because it happened to a star football player. I am an ND fan, live in Buckeye country and I will tell you that campus assaults and robberies happen all the time on OSU campus. Come on folks, wish the kid well and go on with your life…

  36. woebegong says: Aug 1, 2012 5:01 PM

    Maybe it was just me, but I still don’t remember the city of Madison having a real problem with crime. Seemed mighty peaceful compared to some places I was stationed in my career. As far as Madison being real friendly towards the military. My wife who lived there for 54 years, used to call it the Berkley of the Mid West, so I guess she was pretty knowledgeable.

  37. bertenheim says: Aug 1, 2012 5:26 PM

    Alot of university towns take it as a badge of honor to disdain the military. I thought that was common knowledge, at least in the Big Ten.

  38. thraiderskin says: Aug 1, 2012 7:21 PM

    @Woebegong… I have also heard it called that, but I promise it isn’t quite that bad, but being from Wisconsin, I can promise you the rest of the state is nothing like Madison, or Milwaukee for that matter.

    @Bertenheim, You don’t know what you are talking about… what a suprise.

  39. rgledz says: Aug 1, 2012 7:30 PM

    Greg Williams, Vilma and the boys are hanging out in college towns now?!? Sad stuff.

  40. seanb20124 says: Aug 1, 2012 7:51 PM

    Was probably doing a girl related to this group of punks

  41. sportsdang5 says: Aug 1, 2012 9:49 PM

    travishenryskid says:
    Aug 1, 2012 4:00 PM
    Same thing happened to me in college. For all of those that think there is more to it, these things do happen. There doesn’t always have to be a motive for some of the crazys in this world.

    – exactly, my best friend had this happen to him as well. A cop drove him to a meeting place for me to pick him up after the cop was done filing the police report. My buddy had bruised ribs, marks all over his face, and had his iphone, wallet, and car keys stolen…. this stuff happens a lot without previous motives. It is just a group of punks trying to steal stuff or get away with stuff without earning it, taking something from those that actually are capable of earning it.

  42. briwis7 says: Aug 1, 2012 9:58 PM

    This wasn’t an isolated event in the last few months it’s happened multiple times unfortunately this time it happened to Montee.

  43. rickyrello says: Aug 1, 2012 10:26 PM

    Fox 47 in Madison spoke with an eye witness and they said he was walking on the sidewalk by himself and was attacked. They even said something about him being a football player while stomping him

  44. darklife41 says: Aug 2, 2012 12:05 AM

    Well this 53 year old ex-marine/Wisconsonite who grew up in a red neck town where they beat up people for fun constantly (Wisconsin Dells) and worked for many years as a well paid middle/upper manager, wishes Monte a speedy recovery. Unfortunately violence is nothing new to Wisconsin. I don’t think it’s any better or worse in Madison than any other U.S. city.

  45. davemock says: Aug 2, 2012 7:46 AM

    PEOPLE PEOPLE PEOPLE. You must not know the code of conduct in the north. He got his ass kicked by some skinny, punk white guy and couldnt go back to campus telling his teammates that….so he lied and made up the ” mysterious” 5 black guys…..If he said 5 white guys Rev. Sharpton would be preaching from the courthouse steps the next day.

  46. florida727 says: Aug 2, 2012 8:41 AM

    My daughter got hit by a drunk driver late at night. Unusual for her because she rarely stays out that late. She had to go to the emergency room (at the hospital where she’s an RN no less). ER doctor came in and said it made him think of what his dad told him: “make sure you go to bed the same day you woke up”. Pretty sound advice if you ask me. As others have said, nothing good happens that late at night.

  47. ladyhuckleberry says: Aug 2, 2012 10:23 PM

    rgledz, what a low blow to bring up somethin like that. Geesh Louise, do you know that for a fact, were you there if any of it took place, why weren’t you suponeaed, oh hell my list could go on. But I think that this item’s about Montee Ball and a stupid unprevoked attack on him if I’m not mistaken.

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