Montee Ball attacked by 5 men
Wisconsin senior running back Montee Ball was the victim of what police are calling an “unprovoked assault” early Wednesday in Madison, Wis.
Ball suffered head injuries after being attacked by five men near Wisconsin’s campus around 2:15 a.m. Wednesday. Witnesses told police the men knocked Ball to the ground and began kicking him. Ball, a 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist, was taken to a hospital. A team spokesman said Ball spent two hours in the hospital before he was released. It is not known if he can practice Monday when camp opens. Wisconsin opens the season Sept. 1 at home against Northern Iowa.
“My concern right now is for Montee’s health and well-being,” Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said in a prepared statement. “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.”
According to an incident report, Ball didn’t appear to know his attackers.
Police are looking at surveillance video both inside and outside some of the bars and establishments on University Ave.
In a post to his Twitter account Wednesday, Ball tried to assure his fans that he was OK.
“I appreciate the support and thank you for the concerns.I will be okay! See you guys in September! #WiscONsin,” he wrote.
As a college football fan, and, more specifically, a Badger fan, wishing the best for Montee.