The Madison Police Department says a 21-year old man was attacked while walking in the 500 block of University Ave. early this morning. The University of Wisconsin has confirmed the victim is Badgers running back, Montee Ball.
Witnesses said five men jumped Ball, knocked him to the ground and kicked him. Ball 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. The attack happened just after 2 a.m. on Wednesday.
Statement from Wisconsin head football coach Bret Bielema
"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."
Click here to view the incident report from the Madison Police Department.
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