The University of Wisconsin-Madison is known around the nation as one of the biggest party schools in the country.
Having heard from by Badger friends and experiencing it lightly myself, UW can play a number on your judgment. But I'm a medium market radio broadcaster, not a Heisman Trophy candidate, so the media won't pay as much attention to me as they did Montee Ball on Saturday.
The Heisman Trophy candidate and Wisconsin Badger running back was arrested at the annual Mifflin Street Block Party for trespassing on a local apartment porch. Ball was detained after he refused to leave the porch at the annual Block Party, "the Madison Police Department confirmed to the Wisconsin State Journal and WISC-TV" (h/t Sporting News). Per the Wisconsin State Journal, he was taken away in handcuffs.
Although I could go on and on about how much I dislike the Mifflin Street Block Party, the point of this article is to point out another poor decision on the part of Mr. Ball.
After rushing for over 1,900 yards and 33 TD's last season for Wisconsin, Ball elected to come back to MadTown when his NFL draft stock was at its highest. Many, including myself, were very critical of this decision, because Badger offensive linemen Kevin Zeitler and Peter Konz, quarterback Russell Wilson and wide receiver Nick Toon were all headed to the NFL.
Ball will therefore be forced to carry the entire load offensively for his team in 2012. As a Wisconsin resident and Badger supporter by default, I definitively will not complain about Montee's return, but I think any person that hasn't been drinking at the Mifflin Street Block Party can tell you that the best decision would have been to go to the NFL as the No. 2 running back in the 2012 draft class.
Fast forward to May 5th, 2012; the day of the annual Mifflin Street Block Party just off the UW-Madison campus. If Ball is dedicated to avoiding distractions and remaining focused on the task at hand, he will not show up to this event, which last year had numerous stabbings and sexual assaults, according to The Wisconsin State Journal.
Instead, Ball not only shows up, but resists officers' demands to step off the porch and is therefore arrested.
Ball ended up paying the $429 fine and this incident is unlikely to result in any kind of suspension, but NFL teams be warned, Montee Ball's judgement is less than stellar.