**Update August 3rd:
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.
This sounds like a scene out of a bad movie. The report goes on to say the other “nine” referenced in the quote could all be football players. It is important to note, as indicated below that Ball claims he did not recognize any of his attackers. Throughout this week TMZ was reporting Ball was involved in a fight prior to the attack, but he denied those claims on twitter.
Unfortunately, Ball will miss a significant portion of preseason camp, according to coach Bret Bielema: “He got beat up pretty bad.”
If you have been to Madison, Wisconsin before than you know that is a mighty college football town and loads of fun. On that note, nothing good ever happens in Mad Town after 2AM.
Late last night, Badgers RB and Heisman candidate Montee Ball was assaulted by five males in downtown Madison. As of now, the attack is being called an “unprovoked assault” on last year’s national rushing champ (1923 yards) and Ball claims he didn’t know any of the attackers.
Madison Police commented on the incident early this morning:
“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.”
Click here to see the official Madison Police incident report regarding the battery.
Nobody has been charged as of yet and Ball sustained severe head injuries in the battery. Ball was released from Madison hospital earlier today. Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said earlier:
“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.”
There’s no question there is more to this story than what is being reported, but for now may Madison’s finest find these assailants and bring them to justice as soon as possible.