Montee Ball Arrested: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 11, 2016

New England Patriots newly acquired running back Montee Ball (39) jogs  during a stretching session before practice begins at the NFL football team's facility Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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Former Wisconsin running back and current NFL free agent Montee Ball was taken into custody Saturday night "on a felony bail jumping violation," according to Robyn Turner of WKOW 27.

Ball, who was reportedly drinking alcohol at the 841 Brewhouse in Whitewater, Wisconsin, violated his bond conditions and refused both a Breathalyzer test and a blood draw when he was located by police.

Police then obtained a warrant to draw his blood.

Ball, 25, was arrested in February and charged with "substantial battery" after allegedly pushing his girlfriend into a table during a domestic dispute at a Hampton Hotel and Suites in Madison, Wisconsin, per Bill Novak of the Wisconsin State Journal.

"The woman told police she had a dispute with her boyfriend," police spokesman Joel DeSpain said of the incident, per Novak. "She said he put his hands on her, picked her up and threw her."

In March, a different woman and former girlfriend accused Ball of choking her during a 2014 dispute, according to Ed Treleven of the Wisconsin State Journal. He was charged in that case with "strangulation and suffocation, and with substantial battery, both felonies, and with two counts of domestic disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors."

He was not permitted to drink alcohol or be in a bar or tavern as part of his bond conditions issued by Dane County, per Turner.

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Ball was a star at Wisconsin during his time at the school, though he never caught on in the NFL, rushing for just 731 yards and five touchdowns in 21 games with the Denver Broncos between 2013 and 2014. Denver waived him in September 2015. The New England Patriots signed him to their practice squad in December but then cut him in February, days after his arrest.

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