Wisconsin Badgers' Montee Ball Assault Opens Major Investigation

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Wisconsin Badgers' Montee Ball Assault Opens Major Investigation
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Montee Ball rushed for a 1,923 yards and 39 total TD last season

Montee Ball, the Heisman Trophy candidate and future NFL first-round pick from the Wisconsin Badgers, was attacked by five men on Wednesday morning. Ball was a victim of an alleged "unprovoked attack" and had to be hospitalized with mild, minor injuries.

At 2:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to ESPN.com, "Police said five men knocked Ball down as he was walking near campus early Wednesday. The men kicked him in the head and chest before fleeing."

However, breaking news from ESPN on Friday is reporting that police believe there may have been a "precipitating event" which led to the attack of Ball, making the running back appear less innocent.

Either way, this situation is getting more clouded the closer authorities investigate it. Ball sustained minor injuries and was released from the hospital following the altercation.

Wisconsin Badgers head coach Bret Bielema spoke with Yahoo sports, voicing concern for his running back.

"My concern right now is for Montee's health and well-being," said Bielema. "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." (Yahoo Sports)

Bret Bielema's concern is only growing as Ball will miss the start of training camp, which was announced on Thursday afternoon. Bielema did indicate that the time off would spare his Heisman candidate some hits, meanwhile some of the younger backs could receive more reps. 

Last season was magical for Montee Ball, leading the nation in rushing with 1,923 yards, alongside an incredible 39 total touchdowns as he tied Barry Sanders' FCS record. For his career, Ball is averaging 142 yards per game.

One can only imagine how concerned the Badgers must feel right now. However, if Ball is in some serious trouble and must miss time, back-up James White has over 1,000 reasons why he could fill the void.

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