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Police examining possible ‘precipitating event’ in Montee Ball attack

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There was some scary news earlier this week that Wisconsin running back Montee Ball was the victim of what was initially reported as an ‘unprovoked assault’ by five unknown assailants early Wednesday morning.

Ball sustained head injuries and was sent to the hospital before being released a short time later.

The first and most important detail was the Ball is going to be okay, but as police look into the situation, there are naturally other components of the story that develop — like motive. The Wisconsin State Journal is reporting that Madison police are looking into a “precipitating event” that may have led to Ball’s attack. From the paper:

Central District Capt. Carl Gloede said Thursday police were still trying to find out what that incident was, when and where it happened, what Ball’s involvement might have been, and whether other football players were involved.

A witness to the attack on Ball by five men at about 2:15 a.m. in the 500 block of University Avenue said one of the assailants said something like, “One down, nine to go,” Gloede said, suggesting others might have been targeted. 

The report later clarifies, citing a witness, that the other nine could be football players. Ball previously stated he didn’t know the identities of his attackers.

Given the amount of uncertainty that still surrounds the attack, it can’t be stressed enough that “precipitating event” could mean anything. Madison police have already pointed out that what they’re looking for is not in reference to a TMZ report claiming Ball was previously involved in a fight. Ball also denied the TMZ report on his Twitter account.

The Heisman candidate is expected to miss the beginning of preseason camp as he recovers from his injuries, which include a concussion.

“Unfortunately, he got beat up pretty bad,” Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said

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9 Responses to “Police examining possible ‘precipitating event’ in Montee Ball attack”
  1. cubano76 says: Aug 3, 2012 12:46 PM

    WHAT? There’s more to this story than originally thought. Shocked!

  2. texasbornlsufan says: Aug 3, 2012 2:29 PM

    And NOW for the rest of the story!!!!!!!!!!!

    Stay tuned for more details

  3. tigersgeaux says: Aug 3, 2012 3:28 PM

    Yep, some kind of premeditated attack, likely upon football players, but I will reserve my suspicions and wait for the investigation. Best to Montee in his full recovery.

  4. mvp43 says: Aug 3, 2012 4:38 PM

    Its that damn badminton team again……..always pushing the other guys around.

  5. onbucky96 says: Aug 3, 2012 5:19 PM

    Christ, what hell is this? Detroit, Columbus, the SEC? Get well Montee and get to work MPD?

  6. corvusrex96 says: Aug 3, 2012 6:41 PM

    2:15 AM ? was he leaving the Blue Oyster Bar ??

  7. tweeter75 says: Aug 3, 2012 8:28 PM

    Ball also denied the TMZ report on his Twitter account.


    Well there ya go folks! Case closed.

  8. mute617 says: Aug 4, 2012 9:10 AM

    A sober witness came forward saying he didn’t hear 9 to go, he heard “90 to go, I’m gonna take out the whole football team”… At least that’s what I literally just saw on the local Milwaukee news

  9. latchbeam says: Aug 4, 2012 11:26 AM

    The NCAA will probably punish him for getting beaten up… he does play for a big ten team after all.

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