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Police: Montee Ball present at location of fight days before ‘unprovoked assault’

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Slowly but surely, details of an “unprovoked assault” on Wisconsin running back Montee Ball are coming to light.

As of Friday, Madison police were looking into a “precipitating event” that may have been the motive behind five unknown assailants attacking Ball early Wednesday morning. A witness to the attack reported to police that he heard something along the lines of “one down, nine to go” by one of the assailants, possibly in reference to other UW football players.

The precipitating event is not believed to be related to a TMZ report that says Ball was previously involved in a fight. However, Madison police updated their original incident report on Saturday relaying that there was indeed a fight last weekend involving UW students and members of the football team.

“The Madison Police Department, through information developed by detectives, have determined that there was a fight that occurred Friday night (July 27th-28th) which involved UW students, members of the UW football team, and other individuals that were not affiliated with the University of Wisconsin’s Athletics Department. We have also determined that Montee Ball was present at the location of that fight, but we have no information that leads us to believe that he had any involvement in that particular event.

“There was one individual that did sustain an injury during the fight, and was subsequently treated at a local hospital for that injury. There is a potential for charges to be pursued, related to the investigated fight, but no charges have been filed. As this investigation is ongoing, specific details outlining the identities of either victims or involved parties are not being released.”

Ball, who suffered a concussion in the assault, told police he did not know the identity of the assailants. He is not expected to join his team for the beginning of fall practices as he recovers from his injuries.

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13 Responses to “Police: Montee Ball present at location of fight days before ‘unprovoked assault’”
  1. jonanthans says: Aug 4, 2012 5:54 PM

    Like I posted when this story first hit this site, there was more to what happened than Montee Ball just getting attacked by unknown people and for no reason whatsoever.

  2. stairwayto7 says: Aug 4, 2012 6:59 PM

    Let the NCAA investigate this! NCAA player lying, fighting and who knows what else.. 2YEAR BOWL BAN!

  3. jburrell4 says: Aug 4, 2012 7:09 PM

    The lions just moved him up their draft board….

  4. wisccowboyfan says: Aug 4, 2012 7:54 PM

    Okay, so he was at the location of a fight. It doesn’t say he was part of the fight. I’m sure plenty of people have been somewhere where people have been doing something that they shouldn’t be. He seems to be a high caracter guy. Most Badger players are, the HC, not so much.

  5. kiopta1 says: Aug 4, 2012 8:20 PM

    For those that say there is more info or that he was involved in some way…does that justify him being stomped by 5 guys?

  6. tuckfexas says: Aug 4, 2012 9:43 PM

    Sounds like a bunch of football players curb stomped another group of guys & now they’re fighting back. Not saying Ball was involved, but it certainly sounds like team members were.

  7. tuckfexas says: Aug 5, 2012 2:10 AM

    If the cover up going on at the Wisc Scout board is any hint, there’s a pretty good cover up going on here. Stuff is disappearing so fast, it will make your head spin.

  8. norcalirish says: Aug 5, 2012 6:31 AM


  9. deadeye says: Aug 5, 2012 7:15 AM


    Attempting to equate this to the PSU situation is pretty pathetic. Nice try though…

  10. tommy57 says: Aug 5, 2012 11:16 AM

    Slowly, the truth emerges. Next up: the Air Force 5.

  11. joshm5683 says: Aug 5, 2012 3:37 PM

    Ball seems like a nice kid, I mean I don’t know him but just what you read about him he seems like a pretty regular, happy, humble kid. I’d be less surprised if the report was Bielma did 1 of the assailants mothers and it was revenge on him. That guy has some issues

  12. abrellbama says: Aug 6, 2012 11:45 AM

    Montee Ball is 21. It is legal for him to be at a bar. He already stated he was NOT involved in any fight. Now he may have been there but if he says he did NOT participate, I take him at his word. Even if he did, that give NO ONE any right to jump you from behind, much less 5 guys. 5 on 1 is not a fair fight. They may have recognized him as being at the bar and followed him but 5 on 1 is still not fair.

  13. poppyitis says: Aug 6, 2012 1:53 PM

    And you info comes from where? Just wait, there is MORE TO THIS STORY.

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